Singapore celebrates another four gold medals on the final day of the 18th World Pencak Silat Championship on Sunday (16 Dec) at the OCBC Arena. With this, Team Singapore concluded the tournament with seven golds, six silvers and seven bronzes.
Team Singapore silat exponent Sheik Ferdous. Photo: Mohamed Ali/ SportSG
Sheik Ferdous, son of Singapore’s silat icon Sheik Alau’ddin claimed his first world title in after beating Nguyen Van Tri from Vietnam in Class I (85-90kg).
“That was my first time stepping up as number one after a lot of individual competitions. So I feel proud of myself - this win is for everyone, for those who have supported me and those who have doubted me,” he said.
His brother, Sheik Farhan claimed his third world title on his 21st birthday after successfully defeating Pham Khac Troung from Vietnam, in Class J (90-95kg) with a score of 5-0.
Commenting on his win, Farhan said: “I’m happy I won the third one and avenged everyone who has lost before me. It’s nice to hear the crowd cheer when you win and see familiar faces, with our families and friends here to support us”.
After facing defeat in two world championship previously, Nurul Suhaila managed to clinch her first world title after beating Janejira Wankrue of Thailand in Class D (60-65kg).
Singapore’s youngest medalist, Muhammad Hazim Mohd Yusli, wrapped up the final day of the biennial tournament with Singapore’s fourth gold medal.
The 18th World Pencak Silat Championship is the third time Singapore has hosted the Championship, it was previously held here in 1988 and 2004.
The biennial tournament saw more than 300 athletes from over 40 countries taking part in the four-day event.
Team Singapore’s Muhammad Hazim in action against Mohd Faizul of Malaysia in the finals of the Class B category. Photo: Sport Singapore
CEO Sport Singapore, Lim Teck Yin, was the Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony for the 18th World Pencak Silat Championship. Photo: Sport Singapore
Singapore’s youngest medalist, Muhammad Hazim poses for a photo. Photo: Sport Singapore