World Archery Athlete of the Week: Khairul Anuar MOHAMAD


Anuar Khairul MOHAMAD made Malaysian archery history when he reached the recurve men's individual final at World Cup Stage 4 in Shanghai in September. This is the first medal for a Malaysian in an individual World Cup event. Before that, he helped Malaysia to qualify for the Olympics after finishing 1st in the team play-off competition at the World Championships in July. He then snatched third place at the London Archery Classic and two gold medals at the Asian Championships in Tehran in October.


After finishing 2nd in the team event of the European Grand Prix in Boe in May together with Muhammad Faveez ROSLI and Kisham FAUZI FAZLI, he then teamed up with 18-year old Haziq KAMARUDDIN and experienced Chu Sian CHENG at the World Archery Championships in Turin in July. Together they earned Malaysia a spot in the team event for the London Olympics next year after finishing 1st in the team play-off competition and 9th in the team event overall in Italy.

MOHAMAD then followed it up with a strong performance in the World Cup in Shanghai, beating several top archers before losing to the American Joe FANCHIN in the gold final. Competing in his first World Cup event and in just his third international tournament, he eclipsed the previous best result by a Malaysian archer when CHENG reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Shanghai two years ago.

At the beginning of the month, MOHAMAD equalled the national record to finish second in the recurve men's qualification of the London Archery Classic Olympic test event. He then defeated experienced Ukrainian Dmytro HRACHOV (UKR), a team bronze medallist in the 2004 Athens Olympic, to snatch third place (photo), thus emerging as an Olympic medal contender for next year.

In the Asian Championships that have just ended in Tehran, the archer from Malaysia took a well-deserved title in the individual event. Seeded No. 2 he survived two shoot-offs in 1/16  and 1/8 eliminations, but then showed true domination in his following matches to clinch the continental title. Two days before, MOHAMAD had already won the team gold medal together with CHENG and KAMARUDDIN beating China in the final.

His recent results are an amazing achievement for the 20-year old archer, who was only promoted to the elite squad this year and already has helped Malaysia earn three quota spots for the 2012 London Olympics!

Biography Extract:


1st
Individual
Asian Archery Championships Tehran
2011
1st
Team
Asian Archery Championships Tehran
2011
4th
Mixed Team
Asian Archery Championships Tehran
2011
3rd
Individual
Olympic Test Event London
2011
8th
Team
Olympic Test Event London
2011
2nd
Individual
World Cup Stage Shanghai
2011
2nd
Team
World Cup Stage Shanghai
2011
17th
Individual
World Archery Championships Turin
2011
9th
Team
World Archery Championships Turin
2011
33rd
Individual
European Grand Prix Boe
2011
2nd
Team
European Grand Prix Boe
2011

Find more information on Khairul Anuar MOHAMAD (and all other archers) at the World Archery website.

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