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Nerves get the better of Malaysian archer in quarter-finals


MALAYSIAN archer Cheng Chu Sian experienced the high and low of victory and defeat on the same day yesterday. In the morning, Chu Sian raised hopes of Malaysia’s first medal of the Games when he scored an upset sudden-death win over South Korea’s Lee Chang-hwan, the Olympic record holder, in the last 16.


Both were tied at 105-105 after the first 12 arrows. In the shoot-out, both scored a nine with the first arrow.


On target: Cheng Chu Sian firing an arrowduring the quarter-finals against Badenov Bair at the Archery Field Friday.


In the second, Chang-hwan went first and again struck a nine.


Chu Sian took aim and hit the centre of the board for the second time in the third-round clash and the arena erupted with joy as the Korean fans were stunned into silence.


Chang-hwan had set the Olympic record of 117 out of a perfect 120 in the early rounds of the individual competition on Wednesday.


Chu Sian must have felt like he was walking on air after that.


Hopes were high when he took on Russia’s Badenov Bair in the quarter-finals in the afternoon.


That’s when he was brought down to earth with a thump. Chu Sian was a bundle of nerves and lost 104-109 to the Russian.


Hopes were high on Chu Sian to break into the semi-finals and a shot at making history but his hopes disappeared when he shot a seven with his first arrow in the second end.


Chu Sian and the Russian were tied at 27-all after the first round but found himself trailing by three points after the second end.


The Russian extended his lead to four after the third end and a place in the semi-finals was his for the taking after Chu Sian started with another seven in the fourth end.


“I was under a bit of pressure going into the second round. Hitting a seven is unavoidable ... I tried my best. I am disappointed not to have reached the semi-finals,” said Chu Sian, who plans to take a long break after this.


“We have been training for nearly a year without break for the Olympics. Next year, our main aim will be the World Championships in South Korea.”


Bair later went on to lose in sudden-death to Viktor Ruban of Ukraine in the semi-finals before beating Mexican Serrano Juan Rene 115-110 for the bronze later.


In the final, Viktor Ruban of Ukraine beat South Korea’s Park Kyung-Mo 113-112 for the gold medal.





Chu Sian gagal terus kemaraan


Sinar sebelah pagi hanya seketika sebelum layu

JALAN ceritanya hanya sedikit berbeza tapi jelas kesudahannya tetap sama bagi pemanah negara, Cheng Chu Sian di Padang Memanah Olimpik Green, semalam.

Sinar yang ditunjukkan pada pagi selepas menyingkirkan pemegang rekod baru Olimpik, Lee Chang-hwan dari Korea Selatan, hanya seketika apabila cabarannya lesu sehingga mudah dijinakkan pemanah Russia, Bair Badenov 109-104 pada suku akhir yang diadakan petangnya.

Kekuatan mental jelas menjadi pemisah apabila Chu Sian yang turut beraksi hambar dalam suku akhir acara berpasukan, sekali lagi gugup di peringkat sama acara individu.

"Saya melakukan kesilapan ketika membuat bidikan. Ia mungkin kerana tekanan kerana ini adalah Sukan Olimpik pertama saya.

"Tujuh mata yang dicatat dua kali itu adalah sesuatu yang harus diterima kerana ia adalah adat pertandingan," katanya yang mahu berehat seketika sebaik kembali ke Malaysia sebelum memberi tumpuan kepada Kejohanan Dunia di Korea Selatan, tahun depan.

Biarpun mengikat kedudukan 27-27 di akhir pusingan pertama tiga panah, Chu Sian sekadar mengutip 7 mata pada panah keempatnya, bagi mengakhiri pusingan berikut dengan ketinggalan tiga mata.

Dua mata tercicir pada dua pusingan terakhir terus memberi kelebihan buat Badenov untuk mara ke separuh akhir menentang Viktor Ruban dari Ukraine yang menewaskan Ryuichi Moriya 115-106 manakala satu lagi separuh akhir adalah antara Park Kyung-mo dan Juan Rene Serrano.

Pingat emas akhir dimenangi Ruban yang menewaskan Kyung-mo 113-112 manakala gangsa milik Badenov.

Terdahulu, Chu Sian membuat kejutan awal menyingkirkan Chang-hwan menerusi tie-break selepas kedua-dua pemanah terikat 105 mata pada akhir 12 panah yang dibahagikan kepada empat pusingan.

Chang-hwan sebelum ini memecahkan rekod 12 panah Olimpik apabila mencatat 117 daripada 120 mata pada hari pertama acara individu Rabu lalu.



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