Malaysian Archers Continue Poor Performance In Stage One Asia Cup Tourney

KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 (Bernama) -- The national archery squad continued their poor run after failing to advance to the final in two mixed teams events in Stage One of the Asia Cup Archery Tournament in Thailand, today.

Nur Aliya Ghapar/Muhammad Akmal Nor Hasrin who competed in the recurve event, lost 3-5 to the eventual winners, Ariunbileg Nyamjargal/Gantugs Jantsan of Mongolia in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament held at the Huamark Archery Field in Bangkok.

The pair had earlier defeated Thailand's pair of Wasana Khuthawisap/Denchai Thepna 6-2 in the first round match in the event which saw only 16 pairs take part, according to the Asian Archery Federation (AAF) website;

Ariunbileg/Gantugs took the gold medal after edging Indonesian pair, Titik Kusuma Wardani/Riau Ega Agatha 5-4 in the shoot-off after both pairs tied at 19 points in the final while Ankita Bhakat/Binod Swansi of India, claimed the bronze medal after edging Russian pair, Ksenia Perova/Arsalan Baldanov 19-17 in the third placing match.

The 2015 Singapore SEA Games triple gold medallist, Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh who teamed up with Lee Kin Lip also suffered the same fate, losing 144-152 to the first runner-up, Adel Zhexenbinova/Sergey Khristich of Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals stage in the compound event.

Thailand's pair, Kanyavee Maneesombatkul/Chancha Pratheepwatanawong bagged the goal medal after edging Adel/Sergey 153-145 while the Philippines pair, Amaya Amparo Cojuangcoadriano/Jose Ferdinand took the bronze after sweeping aside Shum Kit Pui/Yen Ka King of Hong Kong 152-136 in the third placing match.

Malaysia's archery squad still have a chance to redeem their dissapointment on the last day of the meet in four other teams events -- men's and women's recurve and compound events, tomorrow.

A total of 199 archers from 26 countries, including three European countries -- Russia, Estonia and Switzerland, are competing in the six-day meet which got underway on Tuesday.


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