KAZAN, (Russia), July 8 (Bernama) -- National rowing athlete Ahmad Huzaifah Ahmad Izuddin and Muhammad Nur Afiq Johari completed the final round of men's coxless pair event of the 27th World University Games (Universiade 2013) at sixth place in category A.
The pair clocked 8 minutes 19.52 seconds.
Ahmad Huzaifah said the opportunity to contest in the games was a very useful experience for them before facing the competition at the SEA Games in Myanmar in December.
"Actually, we unexpectedly qualified to the final round in the coxless pair event after the Italian pair were dropped from the competition when they failed to meet the games' requirements.
"We competed with athletes from five countries. It's tough as physical, weather and water factors were affecting our performance," he said.
In the event, host athletes Aleksandr Chaukin/Iurii Pshenichnikov bagged the gold medal after clocking 7:07.84s, followed by Anton Kholyaznykov/Viktor Grebennykov from Ukraine with 7:08.60s to win the silver and Jean Noury/Hugo Lauborde from France with (7:18.14s) to settle with the bronze.
UNIVERSIADE-ROWING 2 (LAST) KAZAN
The Malaysian rowing team, however, had to leave empty-handed after Muhammad Aiman Aziz and Mazlie Daham finished 11th in the men's lightweight sculle pair event in Category B.
In men's lightweight sculle individual event, Mohd Zulfadli Rozali finished 12th in Category B.
Meanwhile, the national judo squad also ended the campaign without any medal after Mohamed Ezzat Mohd Noor and Nik Noorbaizura Nik Azman lost in the preliminary rounds.
Mohamed Ezzat and Nik Noorbaizura lost to their respective opponents in the 81kg and 63kg category at the Tatneft Arena.
In the tennis court, national athletes Syed Mohamad Agil Syed Naquib and Jawariah Nordin were also defeated in the second round.
Syed Mohamad Agil lost to Yongkyu Lim from South Korea in a straight set 3-6 and 2-6, while Jawariah was defeated by Ho Ching Wu from Hong Kong with 2-6 and 3-6.
Two other national tennis players, Mohd Faeez Said and Shirley Shio Ling, are scheduled to compete in the men's and women's individual events tomorrow.
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