Brunei archer on target in virtual meet

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s leading archer Khairul Arrifin bin Haji Baha showed his prowess in the international scene after being ranked in top spot for a third successive time in the weekly remote archery competition organised by the 60x Remote Shoot, Indoor League, Belgium.

The archer’s latest score came despite constraints owed to measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

With outdoor activities restricted since early August, Khairul Arrifin performed his matches through online and interactive means in the recurve 18-metre distance and 60 arrows using a home range.

He clinched top place in the recurve 18-metre event with a combined distance of 565 metres ahead of Ramirez Rodriguez Diego from Mexico with 535 metres and Wee Pepito from the Philippines who amassed 374 points on October 3.

He made back-to-back triumphs in the same event on October 10 when he recorded 570 metres ahead of Ukraine pair Igor Lyakhoven and Tatyana Alshaeva, who scored 554 and 550 points.

Khairul Arrifin bin Haji Baha aims to shoot during the remote archery competition. PHOTO: ISB

Khairul Ariffin shoots to top spot for the third time on October 17 after accumulating 564 metres, ahead of Ukraine duo Aleksandr Maslakov and Irina Yarmak, both of whom trailed by one and two points respectively.

His achievements did not come unnoticed within members of the international archery community including Belgium-based sports venue Ice Nation visibly impressed.

Currently, Khairul Ariffin serves as an archery coach at Peak Performance Sdn Bhd (PPSB) and the CCA archery coach at Jerudong International School (JIS) Brunei.

The local archer is no stranger to the international circuit having earned a podium finish in March this year when he secured second place in the 70-metre recurve category of the 60x Remote Shoot Stage 50 Outdoor League.

In January, he finished third in the men’s recurve category of the 2021 Gold Medalistar X Remote Archery Scoring Challenge.

The 60x Remote Shoot series is widely considered as the longest running weekly remote worldwide archery tournament, open to all international participants.