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.

Brunei missed out on another bronze medal after Fida'iy's older brother, Muhammad Fadilah was disqualified against Myanmar's Tin Tung Aung in the repercharge of the men's under 67kg kumite.

The Bruneian was leading 2-0 before picking up his fourth warning fault with 36 seconds left on the clock.

He had lost via knockout (8-0) against Sharmemdran Raghonathan, who finished with the silver, in his first match.

Mainuddin Mohammad also had an opportunity to finish on the podium but Thailand's Songvut Muntaen proved too much to handle as the latter won the men's under 75kg kumite matchup 7-1.

The former got his campaign off to a 7-1 loss at the hands of Chirsto Mondolu of Indonesia.

Over in the men's under 84kg kumite, Md Fazil Rewandie Md Faizal was knocked out 9-1 by Engene Stoner Dagohoy of the Philippines.

Last but not least, the Sultanate's only female representative in the sport, Dk Nurleha Pg Abdul Rahman, saw her campaign at the biennial Games last only two minutes after she lost 7-0 to Thailand's Paweena Raksachart in the women's under 50kg kumite.

The team will once again take to the venue for one last time for the Games today in the men's team kumite event.

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