| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI Darussalam displayed courage, heart and spirit but ultimately fell short after losing 2-0 to Laos in their final round robin tie of the sepak takraw Men Doubles in the 17th Incheon Asian Games at the Bucheon Gymnasium.
It was a respectable loss as the national team conceded both sets by only two points with the final score reading 21- 19 22-20.
The result meant that Brunei Darussalam finished at the bottom of the group with three losses and only managed to win one game the entire tournament.
Though they expectedly had the worst scores conceded, interestingly according to the final standings, Brunei Darussalam can take heart that they were only second best to group winners Myanmar in terms of points gained.
Myanmar accumulated a total of 147 points while Brunei Darussalam’s haul of 124 points was better compared to Laos’s overall score of 121 points and Indonesia’s 106 points.
Only two teams advanced to the semi-final stage in the sepak takraw Men Doubles event.
Meanwhile in fencing, Brunei Darussalam’s Mohammad Yunos bin Awang Haji Hamid failed to progress in the Men Sabre Individual event after finishing 23rd in a ranking based on all pools combined.
Eighteen competitors qualified to the next phase with Korea’s Kim Junghwan leading the board.
Brunei Darussalam’s national sepak takraw head coach Haji Zaman bin Haji Samat praised the team’s blocking abilities but highlighted their lack of competitiveness possibly due to illness and their opponent’s size advantage. Following their exit, the head coach said that they will continue working on weak areas in their game.
Meanwhile, the Brunei Darussalam national fencing head coach Yoshea Rayendra said that Muhammad Yunos tried his best against Korea’s world number 2 Kim Junghwan.
According to the head coach in a daily report prepared by the Brunei Darussalam contingent, Kim is one of the prominent fencers in the business and was part of the Korean team that won the Men Sabre Team event in the London Olympics 2012.
“As a whole, Yunos was behind in terms of technique, tactic, strategy and stamina”, added Yoshea.
Building on from the Asian Games campaign, Muhammad Yunos will continue to further enhance his capability in training while being involved in training camps overseas so as to create valuable experiences with highly skilled sparring partners.
Muhammad Yunos was also comprehensively beaten by Uzbekistan’s world number 301 Konovalov Evgenly, Vietnam’s world number 54 Vu Thanh An, Kazakhstan’s world number 375 Tilenshiyev Yerali and China’s world number 84 Xu Yingming.
Yesterday the Brunei Darussalam national karate exponents and a sole competitor in Taekwando underwent fitness training at their respective training bases.
All participating athletes will continue their training as usual at the Sport Fitness Centre which is prepared by Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC) with the assistance of their coaches to ensure that they are in the best possible condition and form to compete.