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Mohamad Abdillah shoulders medal hopes
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mohd Abdillah Tamin training at the
Petanque Pitch of the Jakabaring
Sports City in Palembang,Indonesia.
Picture:BT/ Yee Chun Leong

26th SEA Games in Indonesia

Brunei's hope for a medal in petanque at the 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games now lies solely on the shoulders of Mohamad Abdillah Tamin.

The 26-year-old will take to the Petanque Pitch of the Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, Indonesia today for the Shooting event.

The Sultanate is making their debut for the sport and it won't be an easy task with the tournament playing host to many strong competitors in the field.

National petanque coach Somsak Juychunprasert knows that scoring a medal will not be a walk in the park but expressed belief that his athlete is ready.

"He is all ready for his event because training and practice have gone really well," said Somsak during an interview with The Brunei Times on Sunday.

"But the feeling of competition is always different. This is his first SEA Games and hopefully he can put up a good performance," added the Thai.

Mohamad Abdillah had a one month overseas training stint in Thailand from Sept 15 to Oct 15 that has helped boost his confidence level.

Prior to his departure for the Games, the petanque athlete said that he hopes to do well at the competition despite the tough competition.

His first match will start at 9am.

Mazlan Hj Yahya is the only other representative of the sport and his campaign ended when he failed to make it into the next round of the singles event on Sunday.

Considering that he only won one out of his seven matches, it showed that his opponents were more experienced and has had more tournament exposure.

Despite sending two athletes to the Nov 11-22 event, both are not allowed to compete in the doubles event as each athlete is only allowed to participate in one event.

Courtesy from Brunei Times