A repeat of a five-gold feat in archery hangs in the balance after the recurve archers fumbled in the individual competition at the Angeles University Field in Clark.
World Championships silver medallist Khairul Anuar Mohamad was the biggest letdown. He failed to rise to the challenge and succumbed to a 4-6 defeat against Myanmar’s Oo Nay Lin in the quarter-finals.
Malaysia were then left without any representative after Mohd Zarif Syahir Zolkepli went down 0-6 to Indonesia’s Purnama Hendra.
In the women’s event, Nur Afisa Abdul Halil fell 2-6 to Myanmar’s Hyin Pyae Sone and Nur Aliya Ghapar was soundly beaten 0-6 by Thailand’s Phutdee Waraporn.
Khairul, who was the silver medallist at the 2017 Games in Kuala Lumpur, was disappointed with his performance.
“Weather conditions were hot and quite windy but there is no excuse.
“I did not perform that badly but the Myanmar exponent was really prepared, ” said Khairul.
“I can’t do anything now. I have to focus on defending the team title.
“The team spirit is strong and we’ll try not to let the country down, ” said the 28-year-old, who has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Khairul and teammates will takeon Indonesia in the final tomorrow.
Khairul, Haziq Kamaruddin and Zolkepli overcame Vietnam 6-0 in the semis while the Indonesians beat Thailand 6-2.
The women’s team of Nur Afisa, Nur Aliya and Loke Shin Hui failed to reach the semis when they were eliminated 0-6 by Myanmar.
Malaysia’s bid for the recurve mixed team gold medal ended at the semi-final stage with Khairul-Nur Afisa going down 4-5 to Indonesia’s Diananda Choirunisa-Salsabilla Riau Ega. Article type: free User access status: 3