SEA Games Aug 29 Roundup

Malaysia retain doubles gold in takraw

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia beat the Philippines 25-23, 21-13 to retain the men's doubles sepak takraw gold at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium, here today.

The men's doubles which was held on a round robin format saw Malaysia and the Philippines tied on six points after registering three wins each, thus needing the winner to be decided in the final match.

After a closely fought first game which ended 25-23 in favour of Malaysia, the Philippines lost their rhythm in the second to concede a 13-21 defeat.

Laos went home with the bronze in the competition that featured five countries, namely Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Brunei and Cambodia.

Azizulhasni, Fatehah win respective events to underline Malaysia's dominance in track cycling

NILAI: The Malaysian track cycling team underlined their dominance in the SEA Games by sweeping 11 of the 13 gold medals offered in the track cycling competition held at the National Velodrome, here.

World keirin champion Mohd Azizulhasni Awang wearing his Rainbow jersey claimed the men's keirin gold after clocking 10.468s to beat team mate Mohd Shariz Efendi Mohd Shahrin while Md Nur Fathoni of Indonesia took the bronze.

Meanwhile, as expected Fatehah Mustapa claimed her fourth gold medal of the SEA Games in the women's keirin final by beating team mate Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan while Watinee Luekajorn of Thailand bagged the bronze medal.

With the victory, Fatehah from Terengganu became the first women cyclist ever to claim the most gold medals in the SEA Games with four gold medals.

Pencak silat exceeds target for best SEA Games outing

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian pencak silat squad have surpassed their target by raking in half of the 20 gold medals at stake in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017).

The collection of 10 gold, two silver and four bronze medals exceeded the target of eight gold, four silver and six bronze set by the Malaysian National Silat Federation (Pesaka) to emerge as the overall SEA Games silat champions.

Vietnam completed their campaign in the second place with three gold, seven silver and two bronze while Indonesia were in the third spot with two gold, four silver and nine bronze.

Malaysia's KL2017 silat medal haul also bettered the collection of the last game hosted in Kuala Lumpur in 2001 of five gold, one silver and four bronze.

Pesaka secretary-general Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin said the success of silat could also be attributed to the best silat squad the federation had ever assembled.

"We dare to set such a high target because this is the best team that had undergone extraordinary training," he told reporters.

World champion, Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari successfully defended his gold in the putra class E (65-70kg) for the third consecutive time while two other world champions Razak Ghazali and Siti Rahmah Mohamed Nasir prevailed in putra class D (60-65kg) and puteri class E (65-70kg) respectively.

Today, Malaysia garnered four gold through Muhammad Fairuz Nasir in the putra class B (45-50kg), before Siti Shazwana Ajak in the puteri class D (60-65kg), Mohd Fauzi Khalid in putra class F (70-75kg) and Muhammad Robial Sobri in putra class H (80-85kg).

Yesterday Muhammad Afifi Nordin won the putra individual silat seni, while the duo of Nur Syazreen A Malik-Nor Hamizah Abu Hassan nailed the gold in the women's team seni on Friday after Mohd Taqiyuddin Hamid and Rosli Mohd Sharif bagged the gold in the men's team seni category on the first day of competition.

Malaysia hockey squad nail 16th SEA Games gold

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian field hockey team clobbered Myanmar 14-0 in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games final and clinched their 16th SEA Games gold.

The world 12th ranked side began aggressively and netted a penalty goal by Razie Rahim in the first minute.

Despite playing in the rain, the national squad continued to crack the Myanmar goal in the sixth and seventh minutes through Shahril and Razie.

The game was stopped for about 30 minutes after the first quarter due to heavy rain.

Two quick goals followed when play resumed with both goals netted by Shahril in the 27th and 29 minutes.

The Malaysian side stepped up the pace and blasted another nine goals in the rest of the game.

The victory saw Malaysia keeping the gold while Myanmar won a hockey silver for the first time and Singapore defeated Thailand 2-1 for the bronze.

Meanwhile, coach Stephen Van Huizen when met by reporters said although the rain had stopped the momentum of the boys at the early stage of the game, but it was no excuse for them to drop their performance.

"We wanted to play our level especially in the last quarter because in third quarter our level drop a bit , we told our players let's show Malaysian public the standard that we have and I think they responded very well in the fourth quarter when they scored three goals in two minutes, " he said.

On the next step for the team, Van Huizen said the boys would be given a two weeks off before they concentrate on the 2017 Men's Asia Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh this October, which he described as a non-pressure tournament since they already qualified for the World Cup.

Commenting on Myanmar's team, he said it was already an achievement for them to qualify for final match in the tournament and to play against Malaysia at their best with the involvement of senior players with some having more than ten years experience.

Mun Yee, Jellson claim gold in mixed synchro

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly paired Leong Mun Yee/Jellson Jabillin took the 10m synchronised platform mixed gold medal at the National Aquatic Centre today.

It was a terrific performance from the senior-junior combination of divers who trained together just a month ahead of the SEA Games to collect 74.88 points in their last dive to top the overall table of four pairs competing in the event.

"This is the first time I am partnering Mun Yee ... in the past I had only watched her on television. I am proud and delighted to have partnered Mun Yee. She gave me a lot of confidence and helped calm my nerves," said the 16-year-old Jellson.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Amsyar Azman bagged his second gold of the SEA Games by winning the men's 3m synchronised springboard with Chew Yiwei.

Both divers displayed good skills and coordination to consistently improve their points collection, especially 49.20, 51.60, 63.90, 73.44, 75.33 and 85.68 in the six round event.

His partner Yiwei noted that his performance had improved since his last participation in the world championships in Budapest.

Singapore's Mark Lee Han Ming/Timothy Lee Han Kuan took the silver with a total of 368.73 points while Indonesian pair Adityo Restu Putra-Tri Anggoro clinched the bronze after accumulating 326.40 points.

Malaysia has thus far swept 11 of the 13 gold medals offered in diving.

The diving team will compete in men's and women's 10m synchronised platform tomorrow before the Games officially end.