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Singapore Youngsters Struggled at First Day of Asian Pencak Silat Championship

Our younger Silat exponents struggled against the experienced Vietnamese in the match category. (Photo: SSC/ Lionel Lim)

Current world champions Vietnam showed the crowd gathered at the Singapore Silat Federation just how good they were, as they knocked out four of our six Pesilats on Friday, 15 April 2011, the first day of fighting in the 1st Asian Pencak Silat championship.

 

Seen as a chance for Team Singapore Pesilats to gauge where they stand among their local rivals in the Silat arena, our Pesilats have much to do if they want to retain their title as Silat powerhouses come November when they head to the SEA games.

 

Not paying any attention to the rousing drumbeats and raucous cheers, Vietnam’s Pesilats made an easy meal out of our young Pesilats in the match category, knocking out 19-yr old Elyasak Said, 17-yr old Nurul Shafiqah Saiful, 17-yr old Diniah Abdul Wahab & 18-yr Nurul Khairunnisa Azlani.

 

Though our young Pesilats did their best and put up a spirited fight against the Vietnamese, the gulf in class and experience showed as Vietnam’s Pesilats were harder, stronger and faster.

 

However, veterans Sarhan Hamzah and Saiedah Said ensured that Vietnam would not ruin Team Singapore’s day as they won their bouts against the Vietnamese with consummate ease.

 

Huge expectations may have been placed on the shoulders of our young Pesilats as with being the host nation comes the added pressure of wanting to put up a good show, but the experience gained from the lost would put them in good stead for the future.

 

But there was still something for Team Singapore to cheer about as recent 2011 SIJORI champion, Md. Iqbal Abdul Rahman, won the 1st Gold for Singapore with a win in the Male Artistic Single category.

 

Sarhan Hamzah and Saiedah Said will be representing Singapore in the semi-finals on 16 April and you can catch them in action at the Singapore Silat Federation.