Brunei begins SEA Games stint with two silver, two bronze

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam began their campaign at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines after it was officially opened last Saturday with two silver medals and two bronze through three sports – wushu, netball and polo.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen and Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah guided the polo team to bronze – a repeat of their success in Kuala Lumpur – after a closely contested 5-4 win against Indonesia in a playoff.

Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah led the netball team to bronze, following their successes in previous editions in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The country won their first medals through wushu with Basma Lachkar becoming a multiple SEA Games medallist. Hosea Wong announced his arrival to the regional scene in style after winning a medal in his first appearance at the SEA Games.

Brunei wushu sensation Basma bagged her second successive silver in the women’s taijiquan event while her compatriot Hosea Wong took silver in the men’s taijiquan.

Brunei’s young wushu talent Mohammad Adi Salihin bin Haji Roslan also entered gold medal contention after he led the men’s nandao round with a total of 9.64 points, ahead of Vietnam’s Quoc Khanh Pham and Indonesia’s Harris Horatius.