Thursday, July 26, 2012 | | By: Febi

Archers battle for rankings points on first day of event


THE archery team swing into action today but there will be no medals to aim for. They will be battling for rankings points on which the draw for the main event will be based.

The Malaysians will still have to be at their best and keep up with the leaders so that they can avoid big guns in the first round.

A total of 64 archers will compete in each of the men's and women's individual events.

The team championship has only 12 nations with the Malaysian men ranked 11th in the world. The women's team failed to make the cut leaving sole qualifier Nurul Syaiqah Hashim to contest the individual event.

Three's not a crowd: Malaysia's track cyclists (from front) Fatehah Mustafa, Josiah Ng and Azizulhasni Awang during a training session yesterday.
 
World number five Khairul Anuar Mohd leads the three-man national team, which also has Haziq Kamaruddin and Cheng Chu Sian.

Team manager Tan Sri Abdul Halim Mutalif said a good result in the rankings round was essential for a favourable draw.

'The draw is important as it will decide your path to the medal stages.
'After that it's a matter of performing to the best of your ability,' he said.

The Malaysian men will have South Korea and Taiwan on their flight. Khairul Anuar will start against South Korea's Oh Jin-hyek and Taiwan's Cheng Yu-cheng.

Next up will be Haziq and he has world champion and current record holder Im Dong-hyun of South Korea and Kuo Cheng Wei for company.

Chu Sian will take on Kim Bubmin and Wang Cheng Peng.
'The Koreans are the favourites. Shooting with them will only help our archers to be on their toes as they will be up against the best,' said Abdul Halim.

'Our archers all qualified on merit and are a team to be reckoned with. They only need to worry about themselves and stay confident.

'Worrying about the draw or trying to make predictions is a waste of time.
'They just need to get in there and get the job done.'
The team event will be held on Sunday.



- THE STAR

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