THE MALAYSIAN archers stay on target in the compound team event, with both men and women impressive on day one.
Juwaidi Marzuki made his mark on the first day of the competition by finishing the qualifying round with a score of 702 at the Hanoi Sports and Training Center.
He quickly qualified for the quarter round of the men’s individual compound competition and will face either Myanmar Zin Thu Rain or Nitiphum Chatachot.
Another Malaysian, Alang Arif Aqill Mohd Ghazali will face Singaporean Goh Jun Hui in the round of 16.
On the women’s side, Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh finished third in the qualifying round with a score of 685. Thai duo Kanyavee Maneesombatkul and Kotchaporn Pratumsawan finished first and second with a score of 692 and 688.
Fatin will face Filipina Rachelle Anne De La Cruz or Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Hai in the Round of 16, as she earned a bye in the Round of 16.
P. Kayalvhily finished ninth with a score of 674. In the round of 16, she will face Singaporean Contessa Loh.
As for men’s recurve, Khairul Anuar Mohamad finished sixth in qualifying with a score of 652, while Bryson Ting Tiew Luing finished seventh with 651.
In the round of 16, Khairul will face Khaung Khant Maw of Myanmar, while Bryson will face Girvin Garcia of the Philippines.
In the women’s event, Syaqiera Mashayikh finished fourth with a score of 628, while Nuramalia Haneesha Mazlan finished ninth with a score of 600. Syaqiera will face Jen Kaboksky of Laos in the round of 16, while Nuramalia will meet Myanmar Ya Min Thu .
Syaqiera admitted her performance was average but added that the sudden rain surprised her.
“During the official practice the weather was just gloomy, but today it rained. Mentally I was a bit affected, but luckily I made it to the elimination round.
“I must say that the SEA Games are more difficult because people are watching you. At the Olympics, I had no pressure because I was a beginner. Now the expectations are there.
“I hope I have what it takes to win medals for Malaysia.”