In a sport occasionally known as horse ballet, veteran rider Mohd Qabil Ambak Mahamad Fathil aims for the glitter of gold in the Dressage Intermediate Freestyle final of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022.
Having accumulated a total of 3 silver medals and 4 bronze medals from 5 Asian Games appearances previously, Mohd Qabil Ambak is hopeful of breaking the duck at the Tonglu Equestrian Centre to make up for his disappointment of losing the gold by a mere 0.4 percent in the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018.
Denmark-based Mohd Qabil Ambak and his 17-year old Hanoverian-bred Rosenstolz (by Rotspon x De Niro) advanced to the top 15 final on Wednesday, 27th September 2023, ranked second from a field of 31 riders with a score of 72.706.
Vipul Hriday Chheda of India is leading the charge with a score of 73.883 points, while the 2018 Asian Games gold medallist, Jacqueline Siu from Hong Kong, is third with a score of 71.794.
Having begun their routine early the first two days, Mohd Qabil Ambak and Rosenstolz will enter the final slightly before 5.00 pm.
Bryan Leong Xin Ren (Men’s 50m Butterfly), Hii Puong Wei (Men’s 200m Breaststroke) and the relay team comprising Khiew Hoe Yean, Lim Yin Chuen, Arvin Shaun and Bryan Leong (Men’s 4x100m Freestyle) are scheduled to participate at the Hangzhou Sports Centre Aquatic Sports Arena.
In a mouth-watering opening tie against Korea in Men’s Team event, Lee Zii Jia OLY will spearhead the team’s prospects as the first singles, followed by Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik OLY (first doubles), Ng Tze Yong (second singles), and Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (second doubles) and the third singles a toss-up between Cheam June Wei and Leong Jun Hao at the Binjiang Gymnasium.
Following Muhammad Abdul Qaiyum Ariffin’s defeat in the Men’s 51kg category, Mohd Aswan Che Azmi is Malaysia’s remaining representative as he competes in the Men’s 71kg round of 16 at the Hangzhou Gymnasium.
Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom OLY and his younger sibling Muhammad Ridwan Sahrom stand a chance of entering the final of Men’s Individual Sprint event while Anis Amira Rosidi and Nurul Izzah Izzati Mohd Asri will compete in the Women’s Individual Sprint at the Chun’An Jieshou Sports Centre Velodrome.
The Men’s Hockey Team which has been free from injuries and is on a scoring spree having thrashed Thailand 9-0 and Oman 11-1, will play Indonesia at at the Gonshu Canal Sports Park Stadium.
Other Malaysian athletes in action today include those in Cricket, Shooting, Squash and Mind Sports Xiangqi.
The OCM extends its best wishes to all the athletes of the Malaysian Contingent!