KUALA LUMPUR – Nasional silat exponent, Mohd Zarish Hakim Shukor had his revenge on Indonesian champion, Hanifan Yudani Kusumah to win the gold medal at the final in Putra Class C (55-60 kg) of the 2017 South East Asia Silat Championship here, today.
Zarish’s triumph at the Grandmaster Omardin Lincah Complex, Gombak saw him redeeming his disappointment when he lost to Hanifan at the controversial quarter-finals at the World Silat Championship in Bali, Indonesia, in December.
The win was all the sweeter when Zarish garnered a technical knockout (TKO) when Hanifan, who is also the 2016 World Champion, withdrew in the third round upon realising he could not catch up with Zarish’s overall collected points.
“This win is a great satisfaction to me. Indeed, I looked forward to encountering him again after the incident in Bali, but my struggle is not just to beat him.
“I have to train harder and iron out my weaknesses to boost my performance especially for the SEA Games,” he told reporters after the bout here today.
Meanwhile, world silat champion, Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari was clearly in a class of his own when he won the gold medal in the Putra Class E (65-70 kg).
Al-Jufferi won via TKO over Thai athlete, Poomisak Ngankoh after the latter fell after being kicked and was unable to continue the match.
“I am very happy with this victory because it is very important for me to boost my spirit and maintain my momentum for the SEA Games.
Al-Jufferi and Zarish would travel to Uzbekiztan in April and Belgium in May to take part in invitation tournaments in a final preparation for the SEA Games. – BERNAMA