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Pressy wins silver for M’sia

16th May, 2018

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: It was a fruitful outing for Sabah’s promising karateka, Pressy Misty Philip at the 17th Asia Junior & Cadet, U-21 Championships that ended in Okinawa, Japan on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Tambunan-born athlete clinched a silver medal for the nation in the three-day event.

She lost to Kazakhstan’s exponent Alexandra Budkina 4-2 in the Under-21 Kumite female -68kg category final. En route to the gold-medal bout, Pressy put up an impressive form in the quarter and semi-finals.

In the quarter-finals, she overcame Sameeksha Nair of India 6-1 before cruising to a 9-1 win over Japanese Mizuki Kikuchi in the last four.

Sabah Karate Association (SKA) secretary general, Julian Chin, who was part of the Malaysian contingent to the championship, said they are proud of Pressy’s achievement.

He hoped Pressy will continue to work hard in order to achieve greater success in the near future.

“This was her second appearance in the championship. She failed to make a podium finish in her debut last year. But this time, we can see that she has improved a lot since her first appearance.

“But we believe that she can improve further, and we have identified a certain weakness that she needs to rectify. We will work on that as soon as possible in order for her to be ready for the Malaysia Games in Perak in September,” said Julian, while hoping that his young talent would be included in the national team for the Asian Games in Indonesia from August 18-Sept 2, 2018.

This was Pressy’s second silver medal in an international competition this year.

Last month, she also won a silver medal at the 7th Southeast Asia Karate Federation (SEAKF) Championship 2018 that was held in Bac Ninh City, in Vietnam.

For the record, Malaysia finished fifth overall among the 20 competing Asian nations.

They won two gold, one silver and five bronze medals to eventually finish behind overall winners hosts Japan with 14 gold, five silver and five bronze while Kazakhstan were second with five gold, five silver and seven bronze medals, followed by Iran with five gold, four silver and seven bronze.

Saudi Arabia were fourth with two gold, three silver and five bronze medals.

   
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