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Locals triumph in regional champs

Update: April, 25/2008 - 00:00

Locals triumph in regional champs


HA NOI — Vietnamese martial artists all won on the opening day of the Southeast Asian Pencak Silat Championship on Thursday in HCM City’s Tan Binh District Gymnasium.

Le Ngoc Tan had little difficulty beating Mahamed Ridhwan of Singapore in the men’s under-65kg category.

Although Tan was knocked to the floor by a firm kick in the first set, the Vietnamese came back with a vengeance in the second and third sets, scoring five points to take the match.

Two-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champion Dinh Cong Son defeated Fauzibin Khalid from Malaysia 3-2 in the men’s U-70kg class, while teammate Nguyen Duy Chien defeated Kipli Bin Hamzah of Brunei 5-0.

In the women’s competition, SEA Games defending champion Huynh Thi Thu Hong is fight Brunei’s Siti Zuliza in the 55kg pool, while former SEA Games winner Nguyen Thi Phuong Thuy is pitted against Malaysian Malini Binti Mohamad in the 60kg category.

The International Pencak Silat Federation selected Viet Nam to host the first Southeast Asian Pencak Silat Championship in May but it was brought forward for a number of reasons that included the withdrawal Thailand, Australia and Indonesia, who are among the strongest teams in the world.

About 200 fighters will compete for 16 medal sets in tanding (combat) and six in seni (performance). The final matches are scheduled for Monday. — VNS

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