Gold remains elusive on Day Four of 2012 Olympics
Posted on August 1, 2012, Wednesday
LONDON: The gold medal in an Olympic Games remained elusive for Malaysian contingent on the fourth day of the world biggest sporting event as the divers failed to deliver the much awaited medal in the Women’s Synchronised 10 metre Platform final.
The Malaysian camp however were relieved when archer Khairul Anuar Mohamad booked a place in the third round elimination of the Men’s Individual event on Thursday.
Meanwhile, national shuttlers Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong nearly missed the quarter-finals slot, losing to the world number one duo from South Korea but managed to set a date with a Thai pair this Thursday.
At the London Aquatics Centre, divers Pandelela Rinong anak Pamg and Leong Mun Yee managed only the seventh out of eight participating countries.
They collected a total of 308.52 points in the five discipline event.
Chinese divers Chen Roulin and Wang Hao won the gold with 368.40 points, Mexica’s Alejandra Crozco Loza and Paola Espinosa Sanchez grabbed the silver (343.32) while Roseline Filion/Meaghan Benfeito of Canada took the bronze (337.62).
At the Lord’s Cricket Ground, Khairul Anuar beat his more illustrious compatriot Cheng Chu Sian before edging a higher ranked Chinese archer to book a slot in the third round of men’s Individual Recurve event.
Khairul Anuar collected 140 points while Chu Sian 137 in the first elimination round for 6-4 winning result and later maintained his superb form to beat Xing Yu of China 6-5 in the second elimination round.
The Malaysian will next face Larry Godfrey of Great Britain in the third round elimination on Friday.
At the Wembley Arena, world number eight Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Hong lost in their final group match but still made it to the quarterfinals after finishing as runners-up in Group D.
The Malaysians were tamed 16-21, 11-21 by world number one men’s doubles, Chung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae and will face Group B leaders, Isara Bodin/Jongit Maneepong of Thailand in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Wednesday, day five of the 30th Olympics that started on Saturday, Datuk Lee Chong Wei will battle against Simon Santoso of Indonesia in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles.
At the Aquatics Centre, divers Bryan Nickson Lomas and Huang Qiang will be in the final of the men’s synchronized 3m springboard final while national sailor Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy will sail in race 5 & R of the Men’s Dinghy event. — BERNAMA