Archery: Haziq silences two national archers
Haziq Kamaruddin was hopeful of landing a medal at the Malaysia Games but even he could not quite believe it when he beat two national archers to win the men's 50m recurve gold in Durian Tunggal yesterday.
The 17-year-old 'Pelapis' archer from Johor did not just win but also set a new Games record of 333 points in relegating Penang duo Fareez Rosli (331) and Izzuddin Rahim (328) to silver and bronze respectively. Another national archer, Kelantan's Nazrin Aizad Mat Nasir, was shut out of the medals although he recovered later in the evening to win the 30m gold. "It is a rare occasion for me to beat my seniors so I'm very pleased with how it turned out today (yesterday).
I came here looking for a medal from any event, so to have won gold is great. "I believe I've begun to show improvement since making the back-up squad last year and winning this gold medal is my biggest achievement since my win at the Mini-Olympics (in 2008)," said the Skudai-born Haziq, who also won bronze in the 30m. Just as a day earlier, national archers were the big winners with Nazrin also setting a new Games mark of 348 points in the 30m. Sarawak's Lau Jiun Sien fell two points short of the national record in winning the women's compound 30m with 355, although she had to stave off a strong challenge from Sabah's Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh, who ended a point back for silver. Kedah's Zaki Mahazan grabbed the men's 30m compound gold on countback from Zulfadhli Ruslan of Penang with their mark of 354 a new Games record. It was the second time Zulfadhli lost on countback after being pipped to the 50m gold in the morning by Perak's Zulkifli Yusof after finishing level on 340.
Bronze medalist Zulhilmi Abdul Hamid of Perak also scored 340. Johor's Shahira Abdul Halim bagged the women's recurve 50m gold with 317 points before settling for bronze in the 30m which was won by Perak's Ng Sui Kim claimed (341). Saritha Cham Nong of Perak edged Fatin to the women's compound 50m by five points with a winning score of 345
Reports By NST