KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia emerged as the overall champions at the 2015 Malaysian Open International Silat Championship.
In the championship at the Titiwangsa Stadium held from Sept 9 to today, the national squad collected 10 gold medals via the men’s and women’s sparring events (eight), women’s form event (one) and team event (one).
The national squad also won a silver medal and a bronze medal in the men’s sparring category.
The runners-up were the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) with three gold medals, one silver and four bronze medals followed by Thailand with one gold medal, three silver medals and two bronze.
The national silat squad won its 10th gold medal in the team event after trouncing Thailand 4-1 in the final, which was also witnessed by Malaysian National Silat Federation (Pesaka) president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam.
The national squad almost obtained a walk over when Thailand withdrew over unhappiness at the referee’s decision on a take down by national silat athlete Mohd Al-Jufferi on Adilan Cek Meng.
However, after discussing with several competition officials and the support of the spectators who wanted the Thai athlete to continue, the Thai silat athlete returned to the ring. The referee was also changed.
The winner of the SEA Games gold medal, Mohd Al-Jufferi proved he was peerless when he cowed Adilan 5-0, before Siti Zubaidah Che Omar collected the national team’s second point by beating Ploytika Amloy 5-0.
Mohd Fauzi Khalid continued the national squad’s excellence when he collected the third point by beating Kuibrohem Kubaha before Noor Farahana Ismail lost to Firdad Duromae to give the sole point to Thailand.
Muhamad Faizul M.Nasir confirmed Malaysia’s victory after beating Tien Terapong.
Meanwhile, two national silat athletes, Mohd Al-Jufferi and Siti Humairah Kasidin were crowned best men’s and women’s silat athletes. – BERNAMA