Silat exponents remain high spirited despite shocking loss
Last update: 03/12/2019
From Mazani Mohd Yusoff
SUBIC (Philippines), Dec 3 -- Despite the dramatic exit of elite silat exponent Muhammad Faizul M Nasir in the Putra Class B (50-55 kg) event today, Malaysia remain unshaken in their quest for two gold medals at the 30th SEA Games here.
Team manager Zaihan Mohd Isa said although Muhammad Faizul lost 0-5 in the second round to Dines Dumaan of the Philippines, he believed other national silat exponents could still deliver the goods.
Muhammad Faizul had won the gold medal in the 2015 Singapore and 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
"We still have a few more silat exponents who will compete at these Games and we should not feel pressured. Most importantly, our athletes should be spirited and determined in the quest for the two gold medals," he said when met by Bernama at the Subic Convention and Exhibition Centre here today.
Zaihan said Muhammad Faizul has been admitted to The Medical City in Clark for serious face injuries sustained in his bout with Dumaan.
"Muhammad Faizul was rushed to the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital before being transferred to the Baypointe Hospital and Medical Centre here. But he had to be referred to The Medical City specialists due to shortage of specialist doctors at the two hospitals,” he said.
Zulfakar Zulfazly somewhat made up for Muhammad Faizul’s defeat by beating Alvin Campos of the Philippines 4-1 in the Putra Class D (60-65kg).
However, two national women exponents, Nor Farah Mazlan and Nur Syazerra Hidayah Idris, failed to advance into the next round.
Nor Farah lost 1-4 to Vietnam's Pham Thi Tuoi in Puteri Class A (45-50kg), while Nur Syazerra Hidayah lost 0-5 to Indonesia's Kause Jeni Jeni in Puteri Class B (50-55kg).
Malaysia won one gold and one bronze through the Ganda Putra and Regu Putra events respectively on the opening day of Pencak Silat competition yesterday.