Women's team regu: (From L to R)
Siblings Norleyharyanti Hj Raya,
Nurul Aimi Amalina Zainidi and
NorleyermahHj Raya won the
silver medal in the 3rd Asian
Indoor Games in Vietnam.
Picture: BT/Yee Chun Leong
THE national Pencak Silat exponents have lived up to expectations when they added to the Sultanate's medal tally after six days of competition at the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam bagging one silver and one bronze medals yesterday.
Prior to departing for the Asian Indoor Games, the national silat coach, Suhartono, had said that he was banking on the national silat exponents to deliver medals with their debut at the Games this year.
Their coach's expectations were met after winning four bronze medals in the Tanding events on Wednesday. With all the Sultanate's medals coming in the Pencak Silat events, 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.
With only three competitiors in the event, the trio of - sisters Norleyermah and Norleyharyanti Hj Raya and Nurul Aimi Amalina Zainidi - captured the country's first ever silver medal at the Games in the Women's Team Regu event after amassing 423 points losing out to Vietnam who scored 449 to take the gold. Malaysia followed in third with 394 points.
The bronze medal was won by Hj Md Khairul Bahrin Hj Duraman when he put 443 on the score board in the Men's Single Tunggal event. Ahmad Saiful Lubis Shamsuddin of Malaysia eventually won the gold on 452 points while Viet Anh Nguyen took silver with 450 points.
Brunei are competing in two other sports besides Pencak Silat whereby 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 while Wushu is being represented by two female athletes, Faustina Woo Wai Sii and Lee Ying Shi.
Despite not knowing the results of the Wushu exponents for their events on Monday and Tuesday, they are not listed in the starting list of the finals of the sport which starts today at the Trinh Hoai Duc Gymnasium.
China stayed on top of the medal tally board of the 42-nation tournament with 30 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze medala.
Hosts Vietnam is running second with 24 gold, 20 silver and 17 bronze medals.
Kazakhstan are in third with 14 gold, 11 silver and 16 bronze followed by Korea in fourth with 12 gold, 10 silver and eight bronze.
Courtesy from Brunei Times