Malaysia dethrone S’pore to lift DPM Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: The national back up squad dethroned Singapore in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Cup silat tournament which ended at the Berjaya Time Square here yesterday.

The squad made up mostly of university students, won 12 gold, six silver and three bronze to lift the overall champions title.

Singapore captured eight gold, 10 silver and two bronze to take second place while Thailand finished third with one gold, four silver and four bronze.

Malaysia’s gold medals were contributed by Mohamad Ridduan Abdullah, Ahmad Zeeyadi Zahalani, Amir Ikram Rahim, Rawi Isa, Hamdan Zakaria, Zaiton A/P A Koang, Nurul Jannathul Atiqah, Siti Zubaidah Che Omar, Siti Khadijah Hassan, Hilmi Asmawi Zakaria and the trios of Mohamad Azam Mokhtar, Muhammad Farhan Ismail and Muhammad Aminuddin Elias and Syahidah Atiqah Saarin, Sharifah Norhafizah Syed Azhar and Faiznoraini Omar.

Malaysia’s chief coach Ahmad Faizal Abu Bakar said he was overjoyed that Malaysia were able to defeat Singapore to clinch the overall title.

“Our target was eight gold but we finished with 12. The exponents truly deserved this victory as they were committed and dedicated to the task,” he told Bernama.

Singapore’s coach Dzulfadly Mohd Jaffar said although they lost the title, he was still satisafied with the perormance of his exponents.

He added that the team would be conducting a post-mortem and would return with “renewed determination” next year. — Bernama

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