Sunday, April 16, 2017

🎯 1st Asian University Archery Championships 2017

The 1st Asian University Archery Championships 2017 was held in Nilai, Malaysia from April 12 to April 16. A total of 55 competitors from 6 countries competed in this inaugural event.

Three Southeast Asian (SEA) countries participated in this tournament. These were the Philippines, Singapore and host Malaysia. 

In the men's team recurve, four teams competed and automatically placed them in the semifinals. Our SEA teams Singapore and Malaysia competed against each other while China and Chinese Taipei battled in the semifinal matches.

Team Malaysia composed of Bakri Atiq Bazil, Rosli Muhamad Fareez and Omar Nazir victoriously won over Singapore's Keith Teo Kee Hui, Woon Teng Ng and Teo Wei Xiang Sion to advance in the gold medal match. Unfortunately, they failed to win the gold and settled for silver medal. The score was 5-1 in favor of Chinese Taipei. On the other side, Singapore won over China to cop the bronze medal.

In the three-nation women's recurve team event, Malaysia was unable to beat Chinese Taipei in the gold medal round. The score was 6-0 in favor of the Taiwanese. Meanwhile, China received the bronze medal after losing to Malaysia in the semifinals, 0-6. Malaysia women's team was composed of Abdullah Azuanis, Mohamed Hamzah Ezryn Meza and Mohd Fadzil Ummi Aisyah.

In the recurve mixed team event, Malaysian tandem of Rosli Muhamad Fareez and Mohamed Hamzah Ezryn Meza was beaten by China in the semifinal round but won over Singapore's Quah Kai Zhi and Keith Teo Kee Hui to win third place in the bronze medal match.

Only two teams were entered in the men's compound team event, Chinese Taipei and host Malaysia. Both were thru for the finals. The gold medal went to unstoppable Chinese Taipei and silver went to Malaysia. The score was 220 to 213.

Malaysian team was composed of Abd Rahim Amirul Amin, Ishak Mohd Firdaus and Mohd Kamro Mohd Hakhiki.

The women's compound team event, host Malaysia settled for silver medal while Singapore got the bronze medal. Gold medal was won by Chinese Taipei.

In the mixed compound team event, Singapore's Christina Gunawan and Han Teng Ang settled for bronze medal after losing to Malaysian tandem of Mat Salleh Fatin Nurfatehah and Ishak Mohd Firdaus in the semifinal round. While Malaysia brought home silver medal after losing to Chinese Taipei in the gold medal round, 152-155 scores.

In the men's recurve event, Atiq Bazil Bakri of Malaysia reached the semifinals but failed to advance in the finals losing to Chun-Heng Wei of Chinese Taipei. He then competed in the bronze medal match but still unlucky for the elusive medal. 

In the women's event, our SEA archers only reached the quarterfinal round.

Chinese Taipei copped all the medals in both men's and women's recurve events.

In the men's compound event, Singapore's Han Teng Ang placed third after beating Malaysia's Mohd Firdaus Ishak in the bronze medal match. A total of seven (7) archers from three countries competed in this event and Hsiang-Hsuan Chen of Chinese Taipei won the gold medal.

In the women's compound event, Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh won the lone gold medal for Malaysia. She defeated Taipei's Ting-Hsuan Lee in the finals, 144-139.  
Chinese Taipei won the overall championship with 9 gold and couple of silver and bronze medals. Malaysia came second overall with 1 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medals. China in 3rd place while Singapore came 4th overall with 4 bronze medals. Philippines and Nepal were medal-less in this inaugural tournament.   
This tournament was a test event for the upcoming 29th SEA Games in August host by Malaysia. 

Below are the complete list of of SEA players who participated in this first Asian championships.



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