A trio of 19-year-olds secured a silver medal to enable the Malaysian Contingent to accumulate 30 medals as at 6th October 2023, with two days of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 remaining.
A day after Lovelly Ann Robberth picked up the silver in the Martial Arts Karate Kata individual to win the Contingent’s 27th medal on 5th October 2023, she teamed up with two of her fellow exponents to land the silver in the Women’s Team Kata event, introduced for the first time in Hangzhou.
In badminton, former World Champions in Men’s Doubles, Aaron Chia Teng Fong OLY-Soh Wooi Yik OLY, secured a bronze medal after losing in the semifinals.
The Malaysian Contingent remains 14th overall in the medal standings with 5 golds, 7 silvers and 18 bronzes to show, for a total of 30 medals. In terms of medals won, Malaysia is ranked 13th.
Malaysia is already assured of another medal as the Sepaktakraw regu take on Thailand in the Men’s Inter Regu final today.
Following is the recap of the day:
The Men’s Doubles pair of Aaron Chia OLY-Soh Wooi Yik OLY delivered Malaysia’s solitary medal from badminton, a bronze, after the former Men’ Doubles world champions were defeated by India’s World No 3, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Shirag Chetty 17-21, 12-21. The medal ceremony takes place after the finals on Saturday 7th October 2023.
𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗦 𝗞𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗘
The national women kata exponents secured a silver medal through Lovelly Anne Robberth, Niathalia Sherawinnie Yampil and Naccy Nelly Evvaferra Rojin. Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Phuong, Nguyen Ngoc Tram and Luu Thi Thu Uyen clinched gold with 42.70 points. Brunei and Cambodia shared the bronze medal after both teams lost in the semi-finals.
In the Men’s Kumite 60kg, medal prospect Sureeya Sankar, affected by injury, did not advance to the quarterfinal. Following the defeat to Kazakhstan’s Kaisar Alpysbay, Sureeya beat Chau Ka Him in Repercharge Bout 1 to advance to Repercharge Bout 2 but lost to Siwakon Muekthong 5-7 while Zakiah Adnan lost to Assel Kaz Kanay in the Women’s Kumite below 61kg.
Rhythmic gymnast Ng Joe Ee made her way into the final of the Individual All-Around event after accumulating 85.150 points to be placed 14th after four apparatus in the qualifying rounds. She collected 28.050 points (hoop), 28.900 (ball), 28.200 (clubs) and 28.050 (ribbon). She will contest the final today 7th October 2023.
The Men’s Team suffered a 2-5 defeat against Pakistan to finish 6th in the overall classification.
Malaysia will again face archrivals Thailand in the team’s bid to defend the Men’s Inter Regu gold won in 2018.
In the semifinals, tekong Mohamad Syahir Rosdi, Azlan Alias and Amirul Zazwan Amir downed Rhevjey Ortouste, Jason Huerte and Ronsited Gabayeron 21-15, 21-11 while Thailand, comprising Siriwat Sakha, Pattarapong Yupadee and Sittipong Khamchan, eased past Vietnam (Nguyen Hoang Lan, Ngo Thanh Long, Huynh Ngoc Sang) 21-5, 21-7.
The OCM extends its heartiest congratulations to all the athletes who have made it possible for the Contingent to meet and surpass the medal target and best of luck to all finalists.