(Top) National taekwondo
exponent Mohamad Fathullah
Mohamad Taib and national
Md Sufi Shayiran Roslan
and (Above) Mohammad Adi
Sya'rani Roslan in action
at the 3rd Islamic
Solidarity Games (ISG) in
Courtesy of the Department
of Youth and Sports
Brunei's athletes continued their dry spell at the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) in Palembang, Indonesia, yesterday.
Roslan siblings Md Sufi Shayiran and Mohammad Adi Sya'rani were unable finished fifth and fourth in their respective events while taekwondo exponents Mohamad Fathullah Mohamad Taib and Nurulain Md Ja'afar both fell at the first hurdle, the former losing 14-1.
Md Sufi scored 9.61 points in the men's nangun (southern staff) to come in fifth in the field of eight athletes at the Jakabaring Gymnastics Hall with a total score of 18.85 points after recording 9.24 points during Sunday's nan dao (southern broad sword) event.
Medals in the weapon events such as nandao and nangun are only awarded after points from the two categories are combined.
Adi finished in fourth in the field of six exponents with a total of 18.66 points after scoring 9.18 points in the gunshu (long staff) event yesterday and 9.48 in the daoshu (sword) event on Saturday.
Mohamad Fathullah, a two-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games representative, crashed out early after losing his first bout 14-1 to Turkey's Bildik Umuk in the men's 73kg below knock-out stage yesterday.
Nurulain's journey also came to an early halt after being defeated 5-2 by Bangladesh's Shraboni Biswas in the women's 73kg below at the Sriwijaya Promotion Center.
According yesterday's daily report from the secretariat, national wushu coach Li Hui felt that his athletes performances were good overall but were unlucky to suffer a few mistakes.
"Their minor mistakes resulted in them not being able to achieve the full marks," said Li.
"Adi made a mistake when he was landing from a jump, whilst Sufi didn't make any at all but his moves weren't as steady.
"Looking at the competition overall, the other contestants were older and had at least 15 years' experience over Adi and Sufi who are only 15 with less than five years' experience.
"More competitions and an increase in training will help them improve," added Li.
National taekwondo coach Kim Jung Jun also said his athletes did well overall but lacked their opponents' "physical advantages".
"Fathullah showed great resistance towards his opponent in the rounds but his strikes weren't on target," said Kim in the report.
"Nurulain also showed great resistance and managed to keep the score at 0-0 in the first round and 1-1 in the second.
"In the third round Nurulain started to lack stamina and made a small mistake, which made it easier for her opponent to predict what was coming," added Kim.
Md Sufi and Adi will pair up together in the men's duilian today to close out Brunei's involvement in the Games.
Medal chances are perhaps a little higher in the event as only four other countries hosts Indonesia, Iran, Egypt and Yemen will be competing.
Lee Yingshi, Brunei's third wushu exponent in Palembang, finished at the bottom of the women's changquan (long fist) event after recording 9.47 points on Sunday.
Brunei sent eight athletes in four sports to the Games, with the other three returning back on Saturday.
The Sultanate had started off their campaign on the wrong foot after brothers Muhammad Fida'iy and Mohammad Fadilah Sanif crashed out of the karate competition last Tuesday.
Muhammad Fida'iy was unfortunate to lose 7-6 after a quick comeback from Malaysia's Senthil Kumaran Silvarajoo in the first round (round-of-16) of the men's under 60kg kumite event.
His brother Mohammad Fadilah was handed a 6-0 beating by Bahrain's Mohamed Ehmood Humood Alabd Alshaikh in his first match up in the round-of-32 on the same day.
London 2012 Olympian, Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Pg Rositi failed to advance from his 400m heats as he crossed the line in fifth after clocking 49.94 seconds on Wednesday.