The Malaysian Contingent celebrated its second gold medal of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 courtesy of Mohd Qabil Ambak Mahamad Fathil’s golden gallop in the Equestrian Dressage Individual at the Tonglu Equestrian Centre on 28th September 2023.
Astride Rosenstolz, owned by his sister Quzandria Nur, Mohd Qabil Ambak performed the Dressage Intermediate Freestyle final with aplomb to win his first gold medal on his sixth Asian Games appearance.
Mohd Qabil Ambak, 43 years old, made a key decision to ride Hanoverian-bred 17-year old Rosenstolz, instead of the younger Swedish warmblood 10-year old Napoli while the horses were in quarantine in Aachen, Germany.
The gold medal not only made up for Mohd Qabil Ambak disappointment of narrowly missing the gold medal by a mere 0.4 points in the previous Asian Games in 2018 but also repaid a significant portion of the investment by his family in the sport.
This investment had contributed to his collection of a total of 8 medals, 1 gold, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes across 6 Asian Games i.e. 13th Asian Games Bangkok 1998, 14th Asian Games Busan 2002, 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010, 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 and 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022.
Before a crowd that had his family members of 15 people among them, Mohd Qabil scored a total of 75.780 points, while silver went to 2018 gold medallist, Jacqueline Wing Ying Siu from Hong Kong was second with 73.450, while bronze went to Anush Agarwalla from India (73.030).
Mohd Aswan Che Azmi was pronounced the winner when the referee stopped the contest against Thaher Ali from Kuwait in the Men’s 71kg (Light Middle weight). He will take on Taiwan’s Kan Chia-wei in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
In the Women’s Team Event, Malaysia topped the Pool as they ran out comfortable winners, beating India 3-0 to advance to the semi-final against Korea tomorrow.
𝗔𝗤𝗨𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗦 – 𝗦𝗪𝗜𝗠𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚
In the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Arvin Shaun, Ananda Lim Yin Chuen, Bryan Leong Xin Ren and Steve Khiew Hoe Yean advanced to the final after finishing fourth in Heat 2 in a time of 3:22.50s and 6th out of 14 teams.
In a Group C encounter, the Men’s Cricket team beat Singapore by 73 runs.
In a marked improvement of his previous outing in 2018, Johnathan Wong OLY advanced to the Men’s 10m Air Pistol final and finished sixth out of eight shooters, posting 157 points at Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre. In the elimination round, Johnathan lost out to India’s Sarabjot Singh, who eventually finished fourth and was a member of the gold-medal winning team.
The Men’s Team has to bounce back from the narrow defeat of 1-3 against Korea, who fielded higher ranked players in the Round of 16 match in the Team Event. This is to allow them to prepare for their individual events, scheduled to begin next Monday, 2nd October 2023. Lee Zee Jia lost 14-21, 21-14, 18-21 to Jeon Hyeokjin in the first singles but the first doubles of Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik defeated Seo Seungjae-Kang Minhyuk 21-17, 21-9 before Lee Yungju beat Ng Tze Yong 21-11, 21-16 in the second singles. The deciding tie was won by Kim Wonho-Na Sungseung 21-16, 21-18 against Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.
The winning momentum continues for our Hockey Men’s Team. They secured a 9-2 victory in their third match in Pool B against Indonesia. Currently, they are at the top of Pool B with 2 more matches to go before the next round.