Filzah's Switch Pays Off

Filzah, from Kota Tinggi, said her second gold medal meant more than the first as this is her fifth and final Malaysia Games campaign, having taken up the sport at age 14 after switching from archery.  "I used to be active in archery and athletics and even competed at the national schools level in archery," said Filzah, 21.

"But when I was offered a place at the Bandar Penawar Sports School, it was for fencing.  "I agreed to switch because I wanted to get into the school and since then I've focused on fencing only.  "I'm happy I did because I've now won two gold medals in fencing.  "This is my last Games and I'm glad I've finished it with another win.

"Before I won in 2011, I used to be so scared when competing but since then, I've become a more confident person," added Filzah, who took part in the 2011 Sea Games but did not win a medal.  Tzer Chyuan, who has just completed his A-Level examinations, finally found the gold medal he had been looking for after garnering a silver and a bronze in two previous campaigns.

Yu Peng Kean won this event in 2011 before going on to represent Malaysia at the London Olympics last year, a path Tzer Chuan hopes to emulate.  "My target was to win a medal and I hope to do well enough to qualify for the Asian Games next year," said Tzer Chuan, from Kuala Lumpur.

"I train with the national team and I thank the coaches for their help.  "I will be going to the World Championships in Hungary in August and I hope to do my best."  Bronze medalists in the men's event were Shafiq Rizal of Johor and Terengganu's Joshua Gan while the women's bronze medals went to Sabah's Fenella Olivia Wong and Ain Wahida Ibrahim of Terengganu.

The fencing competition continues today with the men's foil and women's epee and sabre team events.

*Sumber dari New Straits Times


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