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Brunei pocket 4 bronzes in pencak silat
Thursday, 5th November 2009

BRUNEI finally landed on the medal board after five days of competition at the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam with four bronze medals in yesterday's action.

All coming from pencak silat, it is no surprise that Brunei decided to send its largest delegation in the sport with 10 athletes to the Haiduong Gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh.

Prior to departing for the Asian Indoor 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.

Suhartono, who also handled the Philippine national team, can rest assured in the knowledge that his words have came true, with fur of the Sultanate's exponents winning bronze yesterday.

Khuzaiman Ahmad, who won a bronze medal at the 1st Asian Martial Arts Games in Thailand in August, also bagged a bronze medal in the men's Class D (60kg to 65kg) after losing 4-1 to Iran's Saeid Salehi.

Khuzaiman Ahmad was the first one through to the next round after beating Malaysia's Ramli Usman 5-0 on Tuesday.

Also a bronze medallist at the 1st Asian Martial Arts Games, Pg Khairul Bahri Pg Ali Umar will return with a bronze medal after Iran's Masoud Ghyasifar from advancing further in the men's Class F (70kg to 75kg).

He set up the date with Ghyasifar after beating Thailand's Katahat Raksapon 4-1 on Tuesday.

Siti Zuliza Omar captured the bronze medal in the women's Class C (55kg to 60kg) despite losing to Thailand's Jutarat Noytapa 5-0 in the quarter-finals of the competition yesterday.

There were only four competitors in the event and it was her first match of the tournament.

Freddy Ashrul Choo Abdullah was another reveler of good fate, winning bronze since his event had only four competitors.

Losing 5-0 to Vietnam's The Hoang Vu, he will still get a bronze medal for his troubles.

Tuesday's 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).

HRH Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, is the only athlete representing the country in cue sports after making his debut on Sunday.

Wushu, on the other hand, is being represented by two female athletes. The wushu exponents were expected to compete yesterday and Tuesday but the results were not known as of press time.

Meanwhile, China regained the lead in the medal table after amassing 26 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze medals.

Hosts Vietnam are back to second with 21 golds, 15 silvers and 15 bronzes after enjoying being at the summit of the 42-country medal standings with 19 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals on Tuesday.

Kazakhstan remain at third place with 12 gold, 12 silver and nine bronze medals.

Courtesy from Brunei Times