This report (see below) appeared in The Straits Times Online today.
My heartiest congratulations to Singapore archer Abdul Dayyan Jaffar for winning a bronze in the Youth Olympic Games’ Mixed Team Event.
The 16-year-old partnered Turkey’s Elif Begunham Unsal to defeat Miriam Alarcon of Spain and Md Emdad Haque Milon of Bangladesh in the play-off for third spot today.
Dayyan’s win means that Singapore has now garnered three bronzes and a silver at the YOG.
Well done, Dayyan, and all the best to you in the individual competition.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan
Singapore archer wins bronze
(The Straits Times Online, 19 Aug 2010)
By Fabius Chen
SINGAPORE archer Abdul Dayyan Mohamed Jaffar has won a bronze medal in the Youth Olympic Games’ mixed team event.
The 16-year-old Madrasah Al-Irsyad Al-Islamiah student combined with partner Elif Begunham Unsal of Turkey to defeat Miriam Alarcon of Spain and Md Emdad Haque Milon of Bangladesh at the Kallang Field on Thursday afternoon in a thrilling play-off for third spot.
The match went into a shootout after both sides had scored five points each. Miriam and Emdad then looked like they had sewn up the bronze when they scorewd 19 points out of a possible 20.
But Elif and Dayyan had other ideas. Elif hit the bull’s eye (10 points) which meant that Dayyan needed to score a nine to tie the match. Inspired by his partner, however, he also struck the bull’s eye to seal the bronze.
Meanwhile, Italy’s Gloria Filippi and Anton Karoukin of Belarus won the gold when they defeated Greek archer Zoi Paraskevopoulou and Slovenia’s Gregor Rajh 7-3 in the final.
The mixed team title should go some way towards assuaging Gloria and Anton’s disappointment at being eliminated from the Junior Women’s and Men’s individual competitions at the Round of 16 stage. Gloria had been beaten by Australia’s Alice Ingley 4-6 on Wednesday while Anton lost 5-6 to Egypt’s Ibrahim Sabry.
The Junior Women’s Individual competition resumes on Friday.