Saturday, May 9, 2015

Malaysian Archers: Historic World Cup win for national archers

KUALA LUMPUR: The national women's compound archery team created history by winning Malaysia's first-ever World Cup title in Shanghai today. 

The trio of Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh, Nor Rizah Ishak and Saritha Cham Nong held their nerve to outlast world number one United States 220-219 in the final. 

The final was on a cliff-hanger right until the final arrow when American Lexi Keller shot an eight, when she needed nine to tie and 10 to win, to hand Malaysia victory.

Malaysia had previously won five silver and two bronze medals at the World Cup, all through the men's recurve archers, but never gold. 

This triumph is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the compound archers last competed at the World Cup in 2010. 

They had mostly been sidelined in favour of the recurve archers, who have been fully-funded by the National Sports Council because their event is part of the Olympic Games while compound archery is not.

*Taken from NST Online

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