Team Singapore's Taekwondo exponent, Muhammad Norhalim, exited the Men's Under 68kg event in the quarterfinals on Thursday (19 December), ending his quest for glory at the SEA Games in Myanmar.
Facing Laos' Phouthasone Thammavong at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw, he put up a brave fight but eventually succumbed to a 4-7 loss. A teary Norhalim said, "I wanted to show my strength by coming back and beating him after my loss to him last time."
And he was in pretty confident mood too, having trained hard over the last few months. Alas, the experience of the Silver medallist at the last Games outsmarted the youth and vigour of young Norhalim.
Team manager Wong Liang Ming said, "When you begin to get aggressive and attack, you open yourself up to attacks from your opponent." She said that was how the third round went, as Norhalim looked to fight back from 4-5 down. He had earlier executed a sublime kick to his opponent's head in the second round, levelling the scores at 4-4. "Perhaps the strategy in his last round has to be improved," she said.
And improvement is most certainly what Norhalim will aim for from now till the next SEA Games on home soil in 2015. "I will have to look at the video to see what I've done wrong, and seek my coaches' guidance and advice," the 19-year-old said.
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