BRUNEI try to keep their bid for another bronze at the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games alive when they face Myanmar in the men's doubles of the sepak takraw competition today at the Lao International Trade and Exhibition Convention Centre here.
The team of Ismail Ang, Mohd Shukri Hainen and Nur Alimin Sunggoh defeated Cambodia's Chin Sovannarith, Ream Sopherom and Nang Sopheap 21-16, 21-9 yesterday and they only need another win in Group B to make the semi-finals.
"It will be hard to beat Myanmar because they have good players. I think that we only have a 40 per cent chance of winning. But I expect my players to do their best," said Brunei's coach Ittiphol Komchaisak, who hails from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Myanmar's squad of Aung Cho Myinth, Si Thu Lin and Zaw Lat pulled off a 21-10, 21-18 victory over the Philippines team composed of Junmark Aleta, Gene Mark Saavedra and Metodio Suico Junior.
If Brunei lose to Myanmar, they still have a chance to advance to the next round if they beat the Philippines later in the afternoon.
"The Philippines are also good. But my players are high-spirited. They've been training very hard and they are ready," added Ittiphol, who represented Thailand in the SEA Games and Asian Games before retiring in 1994. He started coaching Brunei's national team in 2001.
Vietnam, composed of Tran Quang Khai, Le Tien Dung and Lieu Ba Tung, are leading Group A with two wins. They beat Indonesia's Yudi Purnomo, Saiful Rijal and Suko Hartono 24-25, 21-17, 15-12 in the morning and returned to the court to beat Malaysia's Mohd Shaifullah Mohamed Nor, Murakmal Firdauz Ahmad and Mohamad Arif Busu 21-18, 16-21, 15-13.
Laos, made up of Thittavanh Bounpaseuth, Champion Somsamaivong and Vilaysack Nanthavo, won their match against Malaysia 21-18, 17-21, 15-12 but lost to Indonesia 21-19, 25-24 in the afternoon.
In athletics, Md Yazid Yatimi Yusof failed to make the podium but he was able to improve on his personal best in discus throw at the National Sports Complex Main Stadium.
Md Yazid registered 43.29 metres to finish sixth among seven entries.
"I'm sad for not winning a medal," said Md Yazid, who posted 41.82m to win the bronze at the 2007 Korat SEA Games.
"But I was able to improve on my own record and that is something I can be happy about," said Md Yazid, who finished fifth among seven entries in the shot put on Saturday.
"I was also hoping to break the national record of 43.67m by Pg Azizul but my effort was not good enough. I need more training to improve," added Md Yazid, who is planning to have his injured knee operated on next year. He got the injury after the Korat Games.
Singapore's Wong Tuck Yim won the gold in 53.60m while Thailand's Kvanchai Numsomboon (52.15m) and Wansawang Sawasdee (52.02m) got the silver and bronze, respectively.
Scott Wong, also from Singapore, was fourth with 44.95 metres.
Tuck Yim recorded his best throw in the first round. He holds the Games record of 59.50m he set during the 1999 SEA Games in Brunei.
Md Yazid also made his best throw in the first round.
In wushu, Harris Adli Peranchis scored 9.12 points to finish ninth among 10 entries in the men's Nangun (Southern cudgel) event.
Combined with his score of 9.10 points in the Nanquan (Southern Fist) on Tuesday, Harris only tallied 18.22 points.
Vietnam's Pham Quoc Khanh topped the Nanquan (9.70) and Nangun (9.70) for a total of 19.40 points to win the gold.
Indonesia's Heriyanto pocketed the silver medal with 19.31 points while Myanmar's Soe Kyaw tallied 19.18 to grab the bronze.
Courtesy from Brunei Times