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Brunei take silver in wushu
Monday, 14th December 2009

Woo and Lee win first silver for Brunei.

Isa, Ismi collect another bronze at Laos Games.

BRUNEI picked up their first silver medal at the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games courtesy of wushu exponents Faustina Woo Wai Shii and Lee Ying Shi yesterday at the Lao International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre here.

Woo and Lee, bronze medallists in the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam last month, garnered 9.45 points in the women's Duilian (doubles broadsword and spear) event to share the silver medal with Vietnams Vu Tra My and Vu Thuy Linh, who also got the same score from the panel of judges.

"I'm a little disappointed because we didn't win gold ... that is our aim," said the 17-year-old Woo after the medal ceremony.

"We trained for Duilian for four months only, including one month in China. We get injured during training, but we still continue because we want to be good. The silver medal we won is the product of hard work," she added.

Singapore's Khor Poh Chin, Tao Yi Jun and Tay Yu Juan scored 9.46 points to clinch gold.

Wushu also got one bronze in the men's Duilian (spear and wrestling cudgel) event after twins Isa and Ismi Bismi scored 9.20 points to finish in a tie with Malaysia's Ng Say Yoke and Yeap Wai Kin for third place.

Anousonne Sasabo, Bountang Song and Siamphone Kongmary of Laos earned 9.50 points to take the gold medal while Indonesia's Aldy Lukman and Johannes Sie scored 9.40 points to clinch silver.

"Our training in China paid off. We tried our best and stayed focused," said Ismi, winner of the cudgel silver at the 3rd World Traditional Wushu Championships in Shiyan, China, last year.

National head coach Li Hui commended his athletes for doing their best to win the silver and bronze medals.

"I'm happy for my athletes. The medals they won proved that they trained very hard," said Li, who coached world champions Zhao Jie and Wang Xiao Nan.

"When we go back to Brunei, our training will continue. I'm confident that we will be able to win gold in the next SEA Games," added Li.

One more wushu exponent, Harris Adli Peranchis, has yet to see action. He is scheduled to compete tomorrow in the men's Nanquan (Southern Fist) and on Wednesday in the Nangun (Southern cudgel).

"I hope to get inspiration from the medals of my teammates. I hope I can also bring home a medal," said Harris, a first-timer in the SEA Games. He won gold in the three-section cudgel and silver in the Nanquan in China last year.

In pencak silat, Amirul Ahat advanced to the next round of the men's Class A 45kg-50kg division after beating Jose Marie Rivas of the Philippines.

Mohamad Amali Hj Abd Malik and Siti Zuliza Omar failed to hurdle their respective opponents.

Mohamad Amali lost to Thailand's Thitsaphone Khamphithoun 0-5 in the men's Class B 50kg-55kg class while Siti Zuliza bowed to Malaysia's Malini Mohamad 0-5 in the women's Class B 50kg-55kg category.

Meanwhile, Mohd Kifli Hj Hamzah takes on Indonesia's I Komang Wahyu Purbayasari in the first round of the men's Class E 65kg-70kg division today. I Komang Wahyu won the gold medal in the first Asian Martial Arts Championships in Bangkok this year.

In athletics, Md Yazid Yatimi Yusof placed fifth among seven entries in the men's shot put at the National Sports Complex Main Stadium.

Md Yazid, still nursing the knee injury he sustained after the 2007 Korat SEA Games, registered 13.25 metres in Round 6.

"I'm not happy with my performance, but I did my best," said the 22-year-old Md Yazid, who posted a personal best of 14.28m in Thailand.

Thailand's Chatchawal Polyiam submitted 17.59m to clinch the gold medal. He also erased the SEA Games mark of 17.43m he set two years ago in Korat. The silver medal went to Malaysia's Adi Aliffudin, who recorded 16.92m in his sixth and final round.

Thailand's Sathaporn Kajorn settled for bronze after posting 15.75m in the first round.

Md Yazid hopes to do better in the discus throw competition on Wednesday.

"I don't want to think about my pain. I want to do better and hopefully win a medal," said Md Yazid.

"My goal is to break the national record, that is my biggest motivation," added Md Yazid, who is aiming to break the 43.67m record set by Pg Azizul.

Courtesy from Brunei Times