Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hasihin Sanawi: Archer wins London 2012 Paralympic silver

EXEMPLARY SPIRIT: Hasihin Sanawi beats world No. 1 from Iran in tense semi-finals


LONDON: BUOYED by the spirit of the late Mohd Salam Sidik, archer Hasihin Sanawi, 27, powered his way to clinch a silver medal at the Paralympic Games here yesterday.
Hasihin was edged by Italy's Oscar de Pellegrin in a toe-to-toe shoot-off after they were tied 5-5 in the men's individual recurve W1/W2 final at the Royal Artillery Barracks near here.
The duel was witnessed by National Sports Council director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, who is also Malaysia chef-de-mission, National Sports Institute CEO Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) patron Tun Jeanne Abdullah and MPC president Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin.
Hasihin said: "Thank God. This is my best achievement this year.
"I had never met him (de Pellegrin), so I just focused on the competition and gave my best."
He said he had redeemed Salam's wish of beating Iranian Ebrahim Ranjbarkivaj in the semi-final.
Salam, who was ranked second in the world during his lifetime, lost to Ebrahim at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, in 2010.
Hasihin, who was making his debut at the Paralympic Games, beat Ebrahim by two points in a shoot-off after collecting 10 points. Earlier, they were tied 5-5.
Hasihin will continue his foray in the team event along with Zulkifli Mat Zain and Mohd Zafi Rahman Mat Salleh.
Zolkples said Hasihin's victory should be celebrated by all Malaysians.
"The silver-medal feat brightened up the Malaysian camp here. It bettered our performance four years ago when we won a bronze.
"If you look at the passage Hasihin had gone through here, he got a difficult path, but he showed his grit and improved his performance. In the quarter-final, he beat the Beijing gold medallist and then the world No. 1 from Iran in the semi-final."
He said Hasihin had shown an exemplary fighting spirit, which should be followed by all Malaysian athletes. Bernama

*Taken from NST Online

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