Khairul and Shin Hui are the Malaysian pair who won the archery Mixed Team Recurve Silver medal. Photo: Nicodemus Chan/SINGSOC
Khairul Anuar, 24, is a veteran athlete having won medals in the 2011 and 2013 SEA Games and represented his country in the London Olympics in 2012. Khairul Anuar Mohamad also won the Gold in the Men’s Team Recurve event while Loke Shin Hui won a Bronze in the Women’s Team Recurve.
For Loke Shin Hui, 18, this is her maiden voyage as a SEA Games athlete. She originates from Georgetown, Penang but is now enrolled in the Bukit Jalil Sports School, Kuala Lumpur.
We interview both of them here at the SEA Games.
How do you like the SEA Games so far?
Shin Hui: I enjoy all of the service provided.
Khairul: I like everything, especially for the Opening Ceremony. I think it was better than the Olympic games.
How was your experience competing?
Shin Hui: I got a bit nervous. This is my first games and we were hoping for at least a medal. We’re happy now as our women’s team also got a medal as we have not won a medal in that event for a long time.
Khairul, you’re one of the top ranked archers, once 3rd in the world rankings (currently 14th), were you disappointed not to win the gold medal?
Khairul: A little bit, but not too much as the Singapore archer (Tan Si Lie) that knocked me out shot very well against me. What I was really angry (but not at Si Lie) was that when he went against my teammate Haziq in the next round, he shot badly and lost.
How did you get into archery?
Shin Hui: Through a camp that my friend Quak Ting Hua invited me to. I’m actually in diving but then I switched to archery. I’ve been doing archery for about four years.
Khairul: Originally I was in doing shooting in school in Kemaman, Terengganu, shooting with M16s. My shooting coach was also the archery coach and he asked me to switch to archery after trying it for just six months. I actually prefer shooting than archery, but I think he saw the potential in me.
Are you looking forward to the next SEA Games which will be held in Malaysia?
Khairul: From what we hear, we may not be taking part as the plan may be to allow the second team to have a chance to compete.
Shin Hui: So we’re not sure whether we will be representing Malaysia in the 2017 SEA Games.
What do you hope for the future?
Shin Hui: I hope that we can improve and win more medals.
Khairul: For sure, to win an Olympic medal!
Finally before I wrap up, are you guys single and if so what qualities of a person you are looking for?
Shin Hui: Of course I’m single. A gentle person who is definitely not a playboy; and not an athlete as he will be too busy traveling and competing.
Khairul: I’m still single. (And egged on by Shin Hui) A Chinese girl (grins). A clean person but surely an athlete.
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