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Tuesday, September 11, 2001

SEA Games - Another bronze for Brunei

By Benny Ang

Brunei's karate team notched up their third bronze medal of the 21st SEA Games yesterday in Kuala Lumpur through Mohammad Fadilah Sanif in the men's individual kumite (60kg category).

Mohammad Fadilah follows in the footsteps of his two teammates Abdul Malik Mohamad Zaini and Hj Eddie Jofriani Johari making karate the only team thus far to win any medals for Brunei.

But while the karatekas continued their medal spree, the rest of the Brunei contingent struggled to match their compatriots.

In the badminton men's team event, Brunei were sent packing in the first round by a superior Malaysian team boasting several of the world's top stars.

Spurred on by their home crowd, the Malaysian players were not in charitable moods as they stormed to a 3-0 whitewash over the Bruneians.

Fresh off his semifinal showing in the Brunei World Grand Prix Badminton Finals last month, Roslin Hashim kicked things off for the Malaysians by beating Brunei's top player Amran Kambar 15-2,15-0.

Normally a singles player, Wong Choong Hann showed off his versatility by partnering Lee Wan Wah to take on the Brunei pair of Michael Nyau Mee Yinn and Zailani Yuin in the second match.

As in the first match, the Bruneians were simply no match for their superior opponents as they caved in to a 15-3,15-3 defeat at the hands of the Malaysians.

Ong Ewe Hock, yet another of the world-class Malaysian shuttlers, rounded things off for the home side when he dispatched Huzaini Salleh 15-2,15-2.

Meanwhile, Brunei's snooker pairing of Randy Wong Siew Loong and Sahari Hj Emran came mightily close to emulating their karate counterparts when they came within one frame of claiming a bronze medal.

Up against Sayumin Teng and Teng Khee Shien from Indonesia in the third and fourth placing match, Randy and Sahari were agonisingly edged out 3-2 to deny them any possibility of a bronze medal.

It wouldn't have been the first SEA Games medal for Randy as he is formerly a gold medallist in the singles competition for Singapore but now a permanent resident here, Brunei will be hoping that he can emulate that feat once again.

The men's tennis team, having won bronze medal two years ago here in Brunei, slumped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Myanmar in the opening round on Sunday.

In the opening match, Myanmar's Maung Zaw Zaw Latt beat Billy Wong 6-1, 6-4 while Ian Chok was unable to fare any better, losing 6-1, 6-0 to Khin Maung Win.

Rounding it all off in the doubles, M Tu Tu Tu Ja and Maung Tu Mau beat Ak Aki Ismasufian and Abdul Rasheed Abdullah to seal the win for Myanmar.

In the men's individual golf event, Arfian Hj Kadir and Seruji Hj Setia left themselves with a mountain to climb as both shot rounds of 74 to finish the first round at 10th and 11th respectively, seven shots off the leader.

Held at the Sungai Long Golf and Country Club, both Bruneians find themselves trailing Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines who fired a five-under 67 to take his place atop the leaderboard by three shots.

Closest to the Filipino is Pariya Junhasavadikul of Thailand whose opening round of 70 leaves him in sole possession of second spot.

While not out of the medal hopes, both Arfian and Seruji will have their work cut out for them today if they expect to make up ground on the leaders.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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