Other sports: No gold medal, but taekwondo experts think big

National Pinshi Taekwondo representatives will win silver and bronze medals in their second major competition in three years. Coach Ye Yi Ting hopes that the Hanoi SEA Games will not be his last game of the year.

Jason Loo took silver in the men’s individual event with 7.732 points behind Vietnamese Pham Quoc Viet (8.049).

Nurul Hidayah Abdul Karim, her sister Nur Humaira Abdul Karim and Lim Jia Wei took bronze in the women’s team event with 7.866 points behind Thailand (7.882) and Vietnam (8.016).

At the 2019 Philippine Games, Jason and Hidaya won gold in a mixed duo stance, but the hosts ruled the event out of kickboxing this time around.

However, Yiting was very satisfied with the performance of the four.

“Jason was competing in the men’s individual competition for the first time, and he performed well and finished second behind the host country,” Yi Ting said.

“The women’s trio also competed together for the first time in the SEA Games following the retirement of our Asian Games bronze medalist Sara Yap.”

Their next assignment is likely to be the Asian Pinshi Taekwondo Championships in Chungcheon, South Korea next month.

“The SEA Games here use a different format. Like the World Championships and the Asian Games, it will be the knockout stage of the Asian Championships and it will be a round robin.

Hosts Vietnam captured four of the five gold medals this time around.

Ahmad Nor Iman Rakib won the bronze medal after losing the semi-final in the men’s 68kg category.


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Individuals: 1. Pham Quoc Viet (Vie) 8.049, 2. Jason Loo (Mas) 7.732, 3. Sippakorn Weetchakornpatiwong (Tha) 7.566 and Mohd Alfi Kusuma (Ina) 7.566.

Teams: 1. Vietnam 7.782, 2. Philippines 7.732, 3. Singapore 7.349 and Indonesia 7.466.


Individuals: 1. Ninobla Ortiz (Phi) 7.765, 2. Tran Kim Uyen Le (Vie) 7.649, 3. Ornawee Srisahakit (Tha) 7.482 and Defia Rosmaniar (Ina) 7.549.

Teams: 1. Vietnam 8.016, 2. Thailand 7.882, 3. Malaysia (Nurul Hidayah Abdul Karim, Nur Humaira Abdul Karim, Lim Jia Wei) 7.866 and Laos 7.316.

Mixed teams: 1. Vietnam 7.791, 2. Philippines 7.366, 3. Laos 6.233.

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Mixed Team Cross Country: 1. Malaysia (Ahmad Syazrin Awang Ilah, Zulfikri Zulkifli, Nur Assyira Zainal Abidin, Natahsya Soon) 1’23:14, 2. Vietnam 1’23:48, 3. Thailand 1’24:54.


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