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KL2017: All Athletes Subject To Doping Tests

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Khairy Shares What Police Confiscated From SEA Games Spectators At Last Night's Football Match

Pic: CNA

The Shah Alam Stadium was filled to the rafters yesterday as 32,431 football fans came to watch Malaysia take on Singapore in a preliminary Group A match last night.

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KL2017: Team Malaysia Makes Us Proud In Chinlone, Football, Netball, Archery And Water Polo

Chinlone squad singing to the national anthem after they won gold yesterday.

Our country had its first gold thanks to the national chinlone squad, while the netball, men’s football and men’s water polo excelled in their respective matches yesterday. The compound archery squad had to settle with a bronze and silver, however the women’s water polo team has yet to achieve a victory in the Games, after losing to Singapore yesterday.

Chinlone

Our national anthem Negaraku was played gloriously at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium yesterday, after the national chinlone squad bagged the first gold for Malaysia in the chinlone linking category.

The team, beat the Philippines, 197-133 and 194-138 during the first and second sets respectively.

Captain Muhammad Faiz Roslan, admitted he was nervous during the start of the match as he was not used to playing in front of a large crowd. However, the strong support shown by the spectators bolstered his spirits during the second set.

“For other chinlone events, we will try to achieve one more gold. Our chance is bright, as long as we don’t make a lot of mistakes,” said the team’s skipper.

Team manager Wan Mohd Husni Abdullah described this first achievement as a motivation for the team to win golds in other chinlone events and becoming the champion of the SEA Games.

“Our personal record is 206 points in one set, however we only managed to get 197 and 194 points today.

“Nevertheless, the boys showed a good performance. One gold for all of Malaysians,” the manager told Utusan Malaysia.

On Twitter, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak congratulated the boys on their success: "First gold! Congratulations chinlone squad! #BangkitBersama #KL2017 #Negaraku #Kebanggaanku,"he wrote.

Netball

Malaysian goal shooter An Najwa Azizan (centre) cornered by Singaporean netballer Chen Lili during the Malaysia-Singapore match yesterday. Photo: Bernama

The women in netball were in a class of their own yesterday, continuing their winning streak after defeating previous champions Singapore by 50-37.

Their three consecutive victories since Monday have earned them a spot in the semifinals, and team manager Zaiton Ab Ghani is confident of the girls’ performance.

"The girls are showing telepathic understanding and are reading their opponents very well,” she told reporters after the match.

Malaysia will play against the Philippines at 5pm this Friday in Juara Stadium, Bukit Kiara.

Water Polo

The national men's water polo team. Photo: Bernama

Our water polo team has raised the hopes for a podium finish after securing their first win in the SEA Games, beating the Philippines by a slim 8-7.

On Tuesday, our team lost 3-4 to Indonesia, and that loss has motivated them to excel in yesterday’s match against the Philippines.

"After the defeat to Indonesia, the players played very well today and improved their game.

“But after they were leading by four goals, the players were a bit relaxed and started making mistakes," national coach Voon Yong Hui told reporters after the match.

Fam Jia Yi came as the main scorer for Malaysia with a hattrick, while Tan Yi Xun scored two goals and Toh Yi Xiang, Mohd Irshad Syahir and Soh Yong Wee scored one goal each.

Our team will continue to fight for a podium finish when they meet Thailand tomorrow at 11am According to Yong Hui, Thailand’s team is at a similar level with ours, and it is going to be a tight competition.

“For our next match against Thailand, we have been preparing for about nine months for the SEA Games and I'm quite sure we can win. A win would give us a chance to win a medal," said Jia Yi.

Unfortunately, our women’s water polo team could not match the victory of their male counterparts, as they lost 6-12 to Singapore yesterday.

Men’s Football

Substitutes Nor Azam Abdul Azih and N. Thanabalan scored a goal each in the second half as Malaysia bounced back to beat Singapore 2-1 in their Group A match of the Sea Games football competition at the Shah Alam Stadium on Wednesday. Photo: NST

The Harimau Malaya team tamed the Singaporean squad yesterday in the Shah Alam stadium, scoring 2-1 against the southern lions.

Despite the opponent taking the lead in the 38th minute by Muhammad Amiruldin’s goal, Malaysian substitute Muhamad Nor Azam Azih managed to score an equalising goal in the 68th minute.

N. Thanabalan netted another goal in the 74th minute, sending the 32,000 Harimau Malaya fans into a frenzy at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Both scorers were deployed by coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee on the second half of the match, substituting Hisyam Awang Kechik and Muhammad Syahmi Safari.

“The substitution of Nor Azam and Thanabalan created an impact on the opponents, and both of them scored a goal each, showing the true strength of our team,” said Ong.

Najib praised the team saying, “What a comeback! Congratulations Malaysian football team! #BangkitBersama #Malaysia #Negaraku #Kebanggaanku #KL2017,” on Twitter.

Despite their second victory, Malaysia still remains in the second spot of Group A standings as Myanmar came out glorious after beating Laos 3-1 in another match yesterday in UiTM Shah Alam Stadium.

Malaysia will play against Myanmar on Aug 21, before completing their Group A fixtures against Laos on Aug 23.

Archery

Malaysian archer Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh (left) in action in the women’s individual compound in Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 at Padang Sintetik, Bukit Jalil, August 16, 2017. Photo: Bernama

Our archers had to settle with a bronze and silver yesterday, as Mohd Juwaidu Mazuki scored 144 points, only one point short of the Indonesian winner, in the men’s compound bow finals.

Mohamed Juwaidi, ranked 43rd in the world and a bronze medallist in the last Games, stumbled midway and enabling Prima Wisnu Wardhana to make up a three point deficit and never looked back to take the gold at 145-144.

While Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh, who won gold in the 2015 SEA Games, failed to defend her title after winning bronze in women’s compound bow finals.

“I want to apologise to the Malaysian people for not being able to defend the gold against a better competitor. I will make amends in the women’s team event tomorrow and in the mixed doubles with Juwaidi,” said Fatin who returned with three gold medals from compound events in Singapore.

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Today, medals for synchronised swimming solo free routine and solo technical routine are up for grabs at the National Aquatics Centre in Bukit Jalil, as well as the archery for men’s and women’s team compound at the Synthetic Turf Field, and men’s chinlone at Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium where the Malaysian team will compete at 12pm and 4pm.

-- Malaysian Digest

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