Anaqi Danish (R) celebrates with coach Rocky Poerawinata after winning a silver medal at the Southeast Asia Pacific Fencing Championships yesterday. Picture: Courtesy of Brunei Darussalam Fencing Federation
THE national junior fencing team are off to a strong start at the 2nd Southeast Asia Pacific Fencing Championships in Manila after bagging a silver medal on the opening day yesterday.
Anaqi Danish Asahrin settled for the runner-up spot in the men’s sabre individual cadet (under-17) event after losing 15-9 to Australian Jeremy Siu in the final at the Philsports Multi-purpose Hall in Pasig City. It betters the haul that the sultanate managed in the inaugural edition where they returned with two bronze medals last year.
The Bruneian started out with three wins out of five in the first round to place 10th overall going into the second round. He picked up the slack and cruised past Jack Snell of Australia 15-7 in the quarter-finals before edging another Australian Jeremy Min 15-14 to move into the title decider.
National fencing coach Rocky Poerawinata was thankful for the support from all the parties involved that helped him achieve the podium finish. “We would like to thank the support of the parents and cooperation of the JBS (Department of Youth and Sports) with the BDFF (Brunei Darussalam Fencing Federation) as Anaqi Danish is an athlete from the Sports Academy,” said Rocky in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
“Hopefully he will be able to achieve more with the support and to shine further,” added the Indonesian. Meanwhile, BDFF secretary Captain (U) Nashriq Moksin stated in a press release that they are proud of his achievement and hopes to keep the momentum going.
“This is a good start for us and hopefully we can get more medals after this,” said Nashriq. “I’m proud and delighted with Anaqi Danish’s achievement so far and hopefully he can also perform in the junior category and team event,” he added. Sisters Nadirah and Naila Nasibah Pang will see action today in the women’s sabre individual cadet event.
A total of 13 fencers from Brunei – arriving on three different delegations – are taking part in both the cadet and junior (under-21) categories.
The junior category will only begin on Thursday.