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So close yet so far for Fida'iy
Sunday, December 15, 2013

Muhammad Fida'iy Sanif was so close to making history for Brunei at the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar.

The 24-year-old succumbed to an 8-6 defeat at the hands of Ramon Antonino Franco of the Philippines in the final of the men's under 55kg kumite at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A in Naypyidaw.

Gold would have given Brunei their best ever finish in the history of the SEA Games as the Sultanate has never won more than one gold medal.

The Bruneian did everything right but felt that it was down to his lack of experience - compared to his opponent - that resulted in the loss.

"Maybe I lacked training compared to him (Franco) and also he was better in terms of experience since I'm younger than him," said Fida'iy in an interview after the final.

"I had done my best to try and win the gold but it was not meant to be. Hopefully I'll be able to do so in the future," he added.

Fida'iy edged Malaysia's K Lakanathan in the opening round by referee decision after both drew 7-7 after three minutes.

He then moved into the final after overcoming Thailand's Piyaneul Sawangkul 4-2.

The Bruneian was aggressive on the attack in the first two matches but was more cautious and defensive in the final.

Asked on the matter, he replied: "I was trying to work on timing and also figuring out on how to get points.

"I was also looking to build the tempo and was building up my confidence as well," he added.

He went on to thank the people who were responsible in helping him get this far in the competition.

"Alhamdullilah. Firstly I want to thank Allah and secondly I want to thank my parents for the support as well as my coach who helped me get here," said Fida'iy.

"I would also like to say thanks to TelBru to allow me to compete at the Games," he added.

National karate coach Okhida Simangasing couldn't find fault in the performance of his athlete and praised him for his efforts.

"There were no problems and he had tried his best for the match already. He had put all his effort in trying to win the final," said Okhida.

The team will take to the same venue once again for the men's team kumite event.

Asked what are his expectations, Okhida replied: "A lot of them are still tense in matches. They will have to loosen up to compete to their potential.

"They have to stay focused at all times and can definitely do better," he concluded.

Courtesy from Brunei Times