Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Archery: Aiming for 1-2 finish in men's recurve

Khairul Anuar Mohd will be leading the men's team hoping to make a 1-2 finish in the men's individual recurve event in the SEA Games for the third time.
Khairul Anuar Mohd will be leading the men's team hoping to make a 1-2 finish in the men's individual recurve event in the SEA Games for the third time.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be out to make a 1-2 finish in the men’s individual recurve event for the third time in the history of the SEA Games.

National coach Lee Jae-hyung is banking on his strong men’s team led by Khairul Anuar Mohd to pull off the unique treble to underline their status as the best in the region in Myanmar in December.
Besides Khairul, Jae-hyung has named Haziq Kamaruddin, Atiq Bakri and rookie Faris Rosli in the men’s team.

Khairul and Haziq had represented Malaysia at the Olympic Games in London last year and are experienced. Faris too has shown remarkable improvement over the last one year and should not be ruled out as a medal contender.

“I remember two previous occasions when the Malaysian men archers made the SEA Games their own and I believe we can pull off another 1-2 finish in the men’s competition,” said Jae-hyung.
Malaysia made it an all-final affair at the 2007 SEA Games in Korat and the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta. In Korat, Cheng Chu Sian defeated compatriot Wan Khalmizam Wan Abdul Aziz and in Jakarta, Chu Sian knocked out Khairul in the final.

Chu Sian also won the men’s individual title at the 2009 edition in Laos after a sensational win over Myanmar’s Zaw Win Htike in the final to make him the most successful archer in the country. He quit the sport last year.

“Khairul and his team-mates are shaping up well in training. In fact, Haziq, who struggled with inconsistency, has become more stable and is shooting good scores in training. Any one of them can rise to the occasion,” he said.

“In fact, if all falls into place, I am also hoping for the men to defend the team title.”
Jae-hyung however would be satisfied if the women’s team comprising Syafiqah Hashim, Farah Azhar, Sunatra Suchat and Shahira Halim could fight for one gold medal. They will be strongly challenged by archers from Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the national archers will get a chance to “warm-up” ahead of the SEA Games when they compete in the Asian Championships from Oct 28-Nov 2 in Taiwan. It will be their last tournament before the biennial Games.



By Rajes Paul - The Star

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