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Md Sufi hits the target at world meet
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It was mission accomplished for Md Sufi Shayiran Roslan at the 12th World Wushu Championships in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The 15-year-old finished 10th out of 43 competitors in the nandao (southern sword) event tallying after 9.48 points to end his campaign at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium.

Jielong Wu of China finished at the top of the podium after finishing with 9.63 points.

Macau's Huang Jun Hua settled for silver 0.01 points off while Farshad Arabi of Iran took bronze after tallying 9.59 points.

Prior to departure, Sufi had said that he wasn't aiming for any medals but was hoping to finish in the top-10 at the Oct 28 - Nov 6 biennial competition.

"I'm happy with it (to finish in the top-10)," said Sufi in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"I did my best and didn't make any mistakes today (Monday).

"Overall, it was a very good experience for me being able to watch top athletes from around the world in action.

"I've also learned to be more confident in the arena," said Sufi.

National wushu coach Li Hui was proud of the achievement by his sole athlete at the world meet, which Brunei is competing in for the first time.

"He did his best and I'm very satisfied with today's performance. It is a good experience for him," said Li.

Sufi opened his account by finishing in 212th out of 38 competitors in the nanquan (southern fist) event with 9.47 points on Friday.

Ho Mun Hua of Malaysia won gold on 9.63 points, Japan's Koki Nakata was second with 9.60 points while Farshad was a further 0.01 points behind to complete the podium.

A costly mistake saw Sufi finish 28th out of 41 participants in the nangun (southern staff) event with 9.27 points on Sunday.

He was handed a 0.20 point deduction after a mistake with one of his routines when he lost hold of the staff.

"I could have finished in 14th place if not for the mistake," said Sufi, who won bronze in the same event during August's 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships in Manila.

Md Sufi teamed up with younger brother Mohd Adi Sya'rani to win the country's only silver medal at the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang, Indonesia at the end of September.

A total of 567 athletes from 68 countries are contesting the 12th World Wushu Championships.

Initially, the duo of Lee Yingshi and Faustina Woo Wai Sii were set to represent the Sultanate in the duilian (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) event at the Malaysian capital.

However, they were forced to pull out of the competition as Lee had a clash of dates with her examinations.

Lee and Woo are also no strangers to the duilian event having won silver in the discipline during the past two editions of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The world meet is a tune up for next month's SEA Games in Myanmar, which will run from Dec 11-22. The trio are expected to be joined by Ang Guat Lian at the biennial tournament.

Courtesy from Brunei Times