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Malaysia opened the score in the 10th minute via Muhammad Khairi Ismail while captain Mohamad Sobri Ghazali widened the gap two minutes later before Mohamad Farisan Jasnal made it 3-0 in the 15th minute.

In the second half, the squad under Asnan Md Zuki completed the rout with the fourth goal in the 34th minute by Mohamad Sobri.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Asnan praised the forwards for translating the strategy well in the pitch.

“All players carried out their tasks well and after the defeat yesterday, they made sure of a medal today,” he said.

He said the team redeemed their 2-3 defeat to Thailand in the semi-finals yesterday and go home with at least a medal.

According to him, the pep talk by a National Sport Institute expert managed to raise confidence of players.

“It is true the players were feeling down after the semi-finals and luckily they managed to bounce back to deliver a medal,” he added.

In this regard, Indonesia emerged as champions and grabbed the gold medal after overpowering Thailand 3-0 in the final at the same venue. — Bernama]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:28:12 +0000 theSundaily 485545 at http://www.thesundaily.my
Malaysia poised to become wheelchair basketball prowess despite losing gold http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/22/malaysia-poised-become-wheelchair-basketball-prowess-despite-losing-gold
National coach, Abbas Aghakoucheki Hossein said that the team had improved by leaps and bounds compared to their previous performance in the 2015 Singapore ASEAN Para Games.

With this, he noted that Malaysia should now begin talent scouting in order to get additional players of various types.

“As a professional coach, I found that Malaysia has improved very well, and must continue this way. If we can continue, in the next Asean Para Games, Malaysia can become a strong team.

“As far as I’m concerned, Malaysia played very well today. But in this situation (vs Thailand), we don’t have tall players, we have small and medium players.

“It’s about time to find new talent and expose them to competitions,” he told reporters after the Malaysia-Thailand meet today.

Abbas, who was the Iranian coach for the Iran Rio Paralympic team, believed that Malaysia with a population of over 30 million, would find disabled talents who wanted to be part of the national team.

Malaysia lost to Thailand, 56-70 in the gold medal match and with the victory, Thailand retained their gold medal in wheelchair basketball team event for the six consecutive times.

Malaysia have to be contented with silver and the Philippines settled for bronze after defeating Myanmar 49-41 in the bronze medal match earlier. The wheelchair basketball event were held in a round robin format.

Meanwhile team captain Ahmad Nazri Hamzah said it was high time to scout for new talents, of aged 23 and below, to participate in international tournaments and those keen could go to Kampung Pandan here (Paralympic Excellence Centre) or meet with the coach or related parties. — Bernama]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:09:37 +0000 theSundaily 485521 at http://www.thesundaily.my
Tenpin bowling squad ready for Asian Para Games: Coach http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/22/tenpin-bowling-squad-ready-asian-para-games-coach
Coach Steven Teng Che Man said even though they missed the target of 13 gold medals, their haul of 11 gold was the best outing compared to only eight in the last edition in Singapore.

“They have displayed the most impressive performance and with that I could see they are ready for Asian Para Games and I am confident they would be amazing in Jakarta.

“For the time being, we do not have any tournaments to further boost their morale and I hope they will be able to compete in a championship in Hong Kong next year,” he told the media at the end of the competition at Sunway Mega Lanes today.

From 18 gold medals offered, the national squad bagged 11 gold, nine silver and four bronze medals to emerge as the overall tenpin bowling champions.

Steven said the APG collection matched the 11 gold medals of the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Commenting on Muhammad Hairul Miran who clinched four gold medals, Steven said Muhamad Hairul realised his true potential and confidence.

He said Muhamad Hairul had demonstrated he could be the next Asian champion despite being blind.

Meanwhile, Muhamad Hairul, 40, who lost his eyesight in 2002 in a workplace accident, said he could not have created such success stories if not for the undying encouragement from his coach and teammates.

“I myself could not believe I have won four gold medals as my personal target was only two gold. But I was inspired to become a champion with the support and cheers of my family and friends,” he said.

He claimed gold in the mixed individual TPB1, mixed doubles TPB1+TPB2, Mixed Trio TPB1+TPB2+TPB3 and Mixed Team TPB1+TPB2+TPB2+TPB3 events. — Bernama]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:56:20 +0000 theSundaily 485519 at http://www.thesundaily.my
We see through our hearts, says blind football 5-A-side player http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/22/we-see-through-our-hearts-says-blind-football-5-side-player
Malaysia beat Vietnam 1-0 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil here today.

In the bronze medal match, Ahmad Fikri emerged as a hero after showing a tremendous composure during a penalty shoot-out at the end of the game to confirm the squad's victory.

The 22-year-old player said he did not hesitate to take the kick, even though he had to face a goalkeeper who could see (normal athlete).

"I'm happy with this win, luckily we were given a penalty kick at the end of the match after failing to score, but we played well and created numerous goal-scoring opportunities," he told reporters after the match.

Meanwhile, national coach M. Shalesh said today's match was tougher than the group-stage match against Vietnam which ended 3-0 in favour of Malaysia.

He said hot weather and opponent's defensive tactic were among the factors that made the players failed to repeat the same performances they had at the group stage.

Thailand win gold for the event after defeating Laos 3-0. — Bernama]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:52:49 +0000 theSundaily 485517 at http://www.thesundaily.my
Abdul Latif retains gold hattrick in T20 long jump http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/22/abdul-latif-retains-gold-hattrick-t20-long-jump
The Rio 2016 Paralympics gold medalist executed a jump of 7.41m at the first attempt and the distance recorded was merely 0.02m from the distance of 7.43m made at the 2015 edition in Singapore, which still remained a record of the games.

Singapore's athlete Suhairi Suhani brought home the silver medal after reaching 6.85m while another national athlete, Zulkifly Abdullah had to be contented with a bronze medal after a 6.51m jump.

The victory saw Abdul Latif retaining the gold medal in the same event since the 2014 edition in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

Abdul Latif, when met by reporters, was satisfied with the victory while thanking the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and wife, Nori Abdullah who were present to lend him their support.

"I am very pleased and pleasantly surprised because many have come to give their support to me, especially the Raja Muda of Perlis and it spurs me to do my best on home ground.

"This gold (medal) is for my family for being willing to come from Perlis just to lend their support to me today," said Abdul Latif.

The 2016 National Sportsman said he would take a rest for two weeks after the games and then continue with his intensive training for the 2018 Asia Para Games in Indonesia.

He is aiming to defend the gold won in the 2014 edition in Incheon, South Korea. — Bernama]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:13:29 +0000 theSundaily 485493 at http://www.thesundaily.my
Despite failing sight, Nur Amalina hopes to excel in goalball http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/22/despite-failing-sight-nur-amalina-hopes-excel-goalball
Nur Amalina, 26, who could not make it to the school sports team due to her visual impairment was among six players selected in May to represent the country at the 9th Asean Para Games here.

After being diagnosed with a rare disease called retinitis pigmentosa 13 years ago, her determination to be involved in sports such as football and basketball did not waver.

“I was introduced to goalball in January this year after joining the Malaysian Association for the Blind and was chosen as a national player. I like goalball as it has elements of my favourite sports such as football and tennis.

“I hope the National Sports Council (MSN) will continue with the goalball programme after this. We are bent on giving our best here to compete at the Asian Para Games next year. Even though the team was just formed several months ago and this is the first competition, we did our best," she told Bernama.

She is now a key figure in the squad who won the goalball bronze medal after losing 0-8 to Laos in the semi-finals at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) after only three months of preparations for the biennial championships.

Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic disease due to the lack of protein in the eye retina to grow new cells causing the person to gradually lose sight and could eventually go blind.

"For the time being, my eyesight is only 30%, it has deteriorated in the past three years. Treatment is still being researched, among them are gene therapy and stem-cell therapy, but they are concentrated in western countries.

"Maybe I will try the treatment but need to look at the results and cost first. Nonetheless, we accept this as part of life which is not straight like a highway but a journey with nukes and turns,” said the psychology diploma holder from Langara College in Vancouver, Canada.

She also received the full support and motivation of her parents, Hares Lisot, 60, and Junaidah Bujang, 55, as well as her siblings who were happy to start a new life after returning to Malaysia from Canada.

In goalball competition, three blind or partially blind players will try to score by throwing the ball into the opponents’ goal and the ball will emit a sound when moving to enable the players to identify the position of the ball to defend the goal. — Bernama]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:13:53 +0000 theSundaily 485495 at http://www.thesundaily.my
Top seed Muguruza roars into Tokyo semi-finals http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/22/top-seed-muguruza-roars-tokyo-semi-finals
Earlier former number one Angelique Kerber won a war of attrition with second seed Karolina Pliskova to book her place in the last four.

Spaniard Muguruza, playing her first tournament since reaching the top of the women's world rankings, never looked threatened in a one-sided quarter-final.

The Wimbledon champion stormed to a 5-1 lead before ripping a half-court forehand into the corner to secure the first set.

Muguruza pounced on a short second serve with a murderous backhand to break early in the second and the top seed dealt calmly with fleeting resistance from Garcia.

The ninth seed gave herself a lifeline to level the set at 3-3 but was quickly put in her place when Muguruza beat her with a ferocious backhand pass to restore normal service.

A crunching serve down the middle put Garcia out of her misery after 81 minutes as Muguruza advanced to face either title-holder Caroline Wozniacki or Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova.

Kerber, seeded seventh and a former Tokyo finalist, came through 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 as she repelled some brutal hitting from her Czech opponent in a contest of real quality.

Pliskova, who herself briefly held the women's top ranking over the summer, produced moments of brilliance at the net but ultimately crumbled under relentless pressure from the German.

One of her eight double-faults gifted Kerber the first-set tiebreak 7-5 before Pliskova unravelled again at the business end of the second set.

Kerber turned the screw in the 12th game, forcing Pliskova to save four match points before delivering the coup de grace with a vicious, dipping backhand that landed on the Czech's shoelaces, giving her no chance.

The 29-year-old Kerber, who has slipped back to 14th in the world since winning last year's Australian and US Open titles, faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the last four.

The Russian advanced by overcoming another Czech, Barbora Strycova, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

"Right now there's no pressure on me at all," said Kerber, the 2013 runner-up.

"I've had a few ups and downs this year but I know I can still beat the best players in the world. I showed today I can play like I did last year." — AFP]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:15:19 +0000 theSundaily 485473 at http://www.thesundaily.my
Morogen/Nor Sa'adah win solitary gold in archery http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/22/morogennor-saadah-win-solitary-gold-archery
At the event held at the National Sports Council (NSC) synthetic field, the country showcased its best performance since the semi-final when the Malaysian pair beat Singapore’s Nur Syahida Alim/Robert Fuchs with a narrow victory of 147-143 points.

The gold-winning pair continued to excel when they faced Indonesian pair, Toto Wastomi/Tutik Yumiati in the final. Clearly, their performance was unmatched when this was proven after they managed to collect 138 points compared to their opponents who could only collect 117 points overall to earn a silver medal.

The bronze medal went to Singaporean duo Nur Syahida/Robert who defeated Aungaphinan Anon/Panmai Ratchanee of Thailand with 142-126 points.

Speaking to reporters after the competition, Morogen said the gold medal win in his maiden participation in the APG 2017 was one of the most beautiful moments of his life and he could now sleep well after he failed to grab a gold medal in the men’s open individual compound category yesterday.

Meanwhile sharing her joy of victory, Nur Sa’adah said her performance today was far better and she felt calmer and more confident in executing an accurate shot compared to yesterday’s defeat during the women’s open individual compound final.

However another national pair in the mixed team recurve category, L. Ananthy/Hasihin Sanawi had to content with a bronze medal after defeating a duo from the Philippines 5-4 while the gold medal was won by Thai duo Khuthawisap Wasana/Netsiri Hanreuchai with a win of 5-1.

The silver medal went to Indonesian pair Muhammad Nurhadi/Vironika Ninik Umardyani.

Overall the national archery camp managed to collect one gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals (1-2-2) at the APC 2017, an improvement of their record at the 2015 edition in Singapore (1-2-1). — Bernama]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:50:26 +0000 theSundaily 485463 at http://www.thesundaily.my
Kerber floors Pliskova to reach Tokyo semis http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/22/kerber-floors-pliskova-reach-tokyo-semis
The German, seeded seventh and a former Tokyo finalist, came through 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 as she repelled some brutal hitting from her Czech opponent in a contest of real quality.

Pliskova, who herself briefly held the women's top ranking over the summer, produced moments of brilliance at the net but ultimately crumbled under relentless pressure from Kerber.

One of her eight double-faults gifted Kerber the first-set tiebreak 7-5 before Pliskova unravelled again at the business end of the second set.

Kerber turned the screw in the 12th game, forcing Pliskova to save four match points before delivering the coup de grace with a vicious, dipping backhand that landed on the Czech's shoelaces, giving her no chance.

The 29-year-old Kerber, who has slipped back to 14th in the world since winning last year's Australian and US Open titles, faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the last four.

The Russian advanced by overcoming another Czech, Barbora Strycova, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

Top seed Garbine Muguruza, playing in her first tournament since reaching the top of the women's world rankings, faces France's Caroline Garcia in the third quarter-final.

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki takes on Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the late match. — AFP]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:50:17 +0000 theSundaily 485435 at http://www.thesundaily.my
Swimming concludes with three more gold medals for Malaysia http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/22/swimming-concludes-three-more-gold-medals-malaysia
The country's first gold medal came through Anderson Jamba who easily defeated W. Napat from Thailand in the 150-metre men's individual medley category.

Anderson also improved the previous record of 3 minutes 49.01 seconds held by fellow compatriot Wong Chee Kin at Manila in 2005 with a new record of 3 minutes 22.21 seconds while there was
no silver or bronze medalists as only two competitors took part in the event.

Fraidden Dawan continued to bring cheers when he also took home a gold medal in the 200-metre men's individual medley with a new record of 2:30.67s, erasing his previous record of 2:32.46s attained in Indonesia in 2011.

The silver medal was won by Myanmar swimmer, Aung Phone with 2:40.41s while the bronze medal went to Yav Vannak of Cambodia with 2:56.64s.

Anderson proceeded his brilliant performance today when he made a surprise second personal gold win, the third for Malaysia's swimming squad in the 50-metre men's breaststroke category.

He clocked a time of 52.06s to grab the gold medal, with K. Charkorn from Thailand trailing behind with 55.90s for the silver medal and Ha Van Hiep from Vietnam with 56.99s to win the bronze medal.

Overall, the national swimming squad won nine gold medals, 17 silver medals and 10 bronze medals out of the 84 gold medals vied. — Bernama]]>
Sports Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:48:09 +0000 theSundaily 485395 at http://www.thesundaily.my