Karatekas win medals

Karatekas win medals

BRUNEI - The national karate team added one silver and one bronze medals to the tally at the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar yesterday.

The silver medal came from Muhammad Fida'iy Sanif after a closely contested final in the men's under 55kg kumite at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A in Naypyidaw.

The Bruneian trailed the whole match but managed to get back to striking distance from a five-point deficit to lose 8-6 to Ramon Antonino Franco of the Philippines.

Fida'iy started out with a narrow victory over Malaysia's K Lakanathan in the opening round.

Both had played out to a 7-7 draw before the winner was decided by the judges.

The 24-year-old then defeated Thailand's Piyaneul Sawangkul 4-2 in the semi-finals to set up the encounter.

Mairul Mohammad bagged the bronze medal after edging Myanmar's San Toe in the repercharge of the men's under 60kg kumite.

The four-minute matchup ended deadlocked at 3-3 before Mairul was declared the winner.

He had lost 4-2 to Malaysia's Senthil Kumaran Silvarajoo in his opener.

Mairul was given a second chance for a medal in the repercharge after the latter advanced into the final of the category.

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