Malaysia secure first medal at Universiade

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) — The Malaysian contingent ended their barren run at the 30th World University Games (Universiade) after winning a bronze medal in taekwondo in Napoli, Italy on Saturday (Sunday in Malaysia).

The national quartet comprising Ahmad Nor Iman Hakim Rakib, Mohd Syafiq Zuber, Rozaimi Rozali and Hamdanwahid Rinaldi, showcased a splendid performance in the preliminary round before losing with a 10-36 points in the semi-finals bout against eventual winner, Iran.

Iran went on to win the gold medal after edging Egypt, 33-6 in the final, according to the 2019 Universiade official website;

Earlier, Malaysia defeated Mexico 24-20 in the first round, Poland (34-14) in the second round and the United States with a 35-13 win in the quarter-finals bout.

The Malaysian contingent which is led by Prof Madya Dr Mohd Rushdan Mohd Jailani comprised of 35 athletes and 22 officials are taking part in seven events in the Games namely artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, archery, shooting, athletics, swimming and taekwondo.