IT WAS a good day at the office for the national silat exponents representing Brunei at the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam winning two of their four matches in the Pencak Silat Tanding events at the Haiduong Gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh yesterday.
Khuzaiman Ahmad, who won bronze at the 1st Asian Martial Arts Games in Thailand in August, was the first one through to the next round in the men's Class D (60 kilogrammes to 65kg) with a 5-0 scoreline over Ramli Usman of Malaysia.
Pg Khairul Bahri Pg Ali Umar, also a bronze medallist at the 1st Asian Martial Arts Games, is also through to the next round with a 4-1 victory over Thailand's Katahat Raksapon in the men's Class F (70kg to 75kg).
The other two matches saw Mohamad Amali Hj Abd Malik fall 2-3 to Okhe Botsavang of Laos in the men's Class B (50kg to 55kg) and Mohd Kifli Hj Hamzah also lost by the same scoreline to Thailand's Sanchai Chomphuphuang in the men's Class E (65kg to 70kg).
The other Tanding events are scheduled to continue today before it takes a break and restarts on Saturday.
Prior to departing for the Hanoi Games, the national silat coach, Suhartono, had said that the national silat team were good enough to win medals for Brunei, who are making their Asian Indoor Games debut this year.
Ten silat exponents are representing the Sultanate in Games while HRH Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, is the sole athlete representing the country in cue sports after making his debut on Sunday, while wushu is being represented by two female athletes.
The wushu exponents were expected to compete yesterday but the results were not known as of Press time.
Meanwhile, hosts Vietnam remain at the summit of the 42-country medal standings with 19 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals.
Their gold medals yesterday came from the par Mixed Aerobics event and Kurash men's 73kg event.
The hosts won silver in the Trio Aerobics event and Dragon and Lion Dance event.
Their sole bronze medal came in the form of E-sports the FIFA Soccer 09.
China are placed second, following closely behind with 18 gold, 11 silver and six bronze medals.
Kazakhstan regained third place with eight gold, five silver and seven bronze while South Korea are fourth with seven gold, eight silver and seven bronze.
Courtesy from Brunei Times