Sarawakian pair of Ahmady Radi and Morren Urai Lian contributed the first medal for Malaysia after securing a bronze in the Poomsae category in the taekwondo event of the ongoing 26th SEA Games.
In the event held at Taekwondo Hall in Cibubur, about 50km from the city centre, Ahmady and Morren, both from Bintulu, grabbed the bronze medal together with the pair from Laos, Souktavy Panyash and Nola Ounvongsa, after finishing with an identical score of 7.73 points.
Dinh Toan Nguyen and Minh Tu Nguyen of Vietnam grabbed the gold with 8.13 points while Vidal Marvin Gabriel and Shaneen Ched Sia of the Philippines took the silver, scoring 8.02 points.
Poomsae, which is the equivalent of Kata in Karate, is a new category under the taekwondo sports. It was first introduced in the Laos SEA Games, two years ago.
Standings at 1.57m, both the Sarawakians have been training together since they were at SM Kidurong in Bintulu.
Ahmady, 18, weighing 51kg, said both of them were also the gold medallist in the Poomsae event at the Taekwondo Malaysia National Championship held in Kuala Lumpur, in March this year.
“Both of us then took part in the national selection and joined the national squad last July.”
Morren, 23, weighing 48kg, who took up the sport when she was 10, said they also won a bronze in the International Poomsae Championship in Singapore last December.
“In today’s event, we faced world class exponents, especially the Vietnamese couple who won the gold in the World Championship in Russia, in July,” she said.