Brunei Darussalam National
Olympic Council President
HRH Prince Haji Sufri
Bolkiah (R) and national
junior golfer Mohd Qazzri
Fakhri Hj Aslimon at the
2nd Asian Youth Games in
Nanjing, China on Sunday.
Picture: Courtesy of the
Department of Youth and
Muhd Anaqi Danish Asahrin made a breakthrough at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China yesterday.
The 13-year-old, who is the youngest member of the Brunei contingent at the Games, defeated Syed Adam Emir Putra of Malaysia 15-13 to move into the second round of the men's sabre individual event.
However, he was stopped in his tracks by Murtadha Al-Musawi of Iraq 15-8 in the last-16.
Older brother, Mohd Haziq Asahrin, fell in the first round after losing 15-10 to Japan's Kento Hoshino yesterday.
His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, the president of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC), has been present to lend his support to the national athletes in Nanjing.
Xu Qiancheng won gold for China after beating Bag Doyoung of South Korea 15-12 in the final.
Over in the golf competition, Mohd Qazzri Fakhri Hj Aslimon had an improved display after he posted a five-over 77 in the second round yesterday.
It brings his two-day total to 12-over 156 to place 17th out of 28 golfers at the Zhongshan International Golf Club.
In comments sent to the press yesterday, the golfer's coach Hazel Tan felt he could have done a lot better during Sunday's first round.
"He had a rocky start on the first two holes but was able to maintain calm and catch-up to his other opponents on the first nine holes," she said.
"He appeared to be a little worn out due to the heat on the last two holes, 17 and 18. Post-competition, athlete stated he made silly errors here and there and could have gone much lower than 79.
"On behalf of Qazzri and I, (we) would like to thank His Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah for gracing us with his presence and in giving us a rare privilege by coming to personally support Qazzri by walking the entire first nine.
"We truly appreciate his moral support and I believe that it boosted Qazzri's morale greatly especially after a shaky start," she added.
Overnight leader Yu Chun-An of Chinese-Taipei continues to lead the table after posting 79 for a total of 10-under-134.
Independent Olympic Athlete, Manu Gandas, is the closest contender three shots back after firing the best score of 67 for the second round.
Thailand's Boonma Danthai is in third a further shot back heading into the penultimate day.
China's Luo Xuewen is in fourth on five-under while Lin Chang-Heng of Chinese-Taipei occupied fifth spot on two-under.
Md Hazeeq Asmui'e Md Fadzilah and Muhd Aizuddin Yaqin Hj Yahya are the other two fencers flying the flag for the Sultanate at the August 17-24 multisport competition.
The duo will see action in the men's foil individual event tomorrow also at the Nanjing International Expo Centre.
The fencers prepared themselves by having a few friendly sparring matches against opponents from Indonesia, Jordan, the Phillipines, Thailand and UAE on Sunday.
National coach Rocky Poerawinata warned his charges not to show their full potential.
China currently lead the table by a mile with a haul of 17 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze medals.
South Korea are in second with five gold, five silver and one bronze while North Korea are third with four gold, one silver and two bronze