INCHEON – National archer Muhammad Zaki Mahzan booked a place in the semifinal of the men’s individual Compound after a shoot off with Iran’s Amir Kazempour at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field, here yesterday.
Muhammad Zaki, 25, and Kazempour were involved in a neck-to-neck battle right from the start and ended with both scoring identical 140 points, thus forcing a shoot off.
The Pokok Sena lad shot a 10 against Kazempour’s 9 to book his berth.
In the semifinal tomorrow, Muhammad Zaki will face India’s Abhishek Verma who shot down Choi Yonghee from the host country, 147-142.
He said beating Kazempour would give him additional impetus to try and win the gold medal.
“I did not set any specific target for myself but wanted to go out there and give my best,” said Muhammad Zaki whose best achievement is winning a silver at the Asian Archery Championships in Tehran, Iran in 2011.
Despite Muhammad Zaki’s good performance, the men’s Compound team comprising Muhammad Zaki, Mohd Juwaidi and Lee Kin Lip failed to get past the quarterfinal after losing 229-234 to India’s Rajat Chauhan, Sandeep Kumar, Abhishek Verma. – Bernama