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
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