Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Khairul Anuar First Malaysian To Feature At Archery World Cup Finals

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 ( Bernama) - Khairul Anuar Mohamad made history when he became the first Malaysian athlete to qualify for the Archery World Cup Finals in Paris on September 21-22.

He booked a place in the recurve after collecting 25 points from three World Series this year, to emerge seventh of eight archers who qualified for the prestigious event.

The other finalists are Oh Jin Hyek and Lee Seungyun (South Korea), Dai Xiaoxiang and Zhang Jianping (China), Nespoli Mauro (Italy ) and Brady Ellison (USA).

Olympian Khairul Anuar who will celebrate his 22nd birthday on September 22 is scheduled to come up against world number two, Lee Seungyun in the first round.

"I had faced Olympic gold medalist Oh Jin Hyek but not Lee Seungyun. I will give him a tough fight. Anything can happen in archery. The archer in eighth place can beat the world number one," he told reporters at the National Sports Council here Tuesday.

Khairul Anuar said he did not want to set a target for fear it will affect his concentration but is determined to fully focus on the Archery World Cup.

"I am targeting the gold medal but it is not going to be easy. I hope to make the semi-finals."

The archer who was born in Kemanan, Terengganu hopes to overcome his weakness, especially when tied on points with his opponents.

"My usual mistake is to lose concentration when tied on points. I hope this does not happen on the day of competition," he added.

--BERNAMA

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