Story by Hariharan Rajandeeran. Photos by Les Tan/Red Sports
Shafinas Abdul Rahman wins a bronze, Singapore’s second medal at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) so far. (Photo 1 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Suntec International Convention Centre, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 — Shafinas Abdul Rahman secured a bronze — Singapore’s second medal at the Games — after losing her bout to Nguyen Thanh Thao of Vietnam in the women’s 55kg Taekwondo semi-final.
Shafinas had earlier defeated Ioane Kaburee of Kiribati 9-0 in the quarter-final.
She sealed the quarter-final victory by delivering three offensive kicks to her opponent.
With no third place play-off for the bronze medal, Shafinas was guaranteed a medal just by qualifying for the semi-finals.
The semi-final bout between Thanh Thao and Shafinas lasted three rounds. It ended with the Viet edging the fight 9-8.
Thanh Thao had emerged with a 5-3 victory in the first round after landing a late three-point offensive kick.
The second round was a closer fight with Thanh Thao winning 3-1. The Viet’s three points was earned after she executed a defensive kick in reply to Shafinas’. The latter’s kick gaining her a solitary point.
The last round saw Shafinas make a strong comeback with a 4-1 victory. However, it was not enough as she fell short by a point to level the total tally.
Shafinas commented after her fight: “Actually I’m very happy because I gave the Vietnam girl a hard fight. I lost to her before but now I can match up with her. (The crowd) motivated me to go all out when I was down.”
Shafinas is a picture of focus before the start of her semi-final. (Photo 2 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Shafinas (right) overcame Kaburee Ioane of Kiribati in the quarter-finals when the referee stopped the contest and awarded her the match. (Photo 3 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Shafinas trailed 3-5 after the first round of her semi-final bout against Nguyen Thanh Thao of Vietnam. (Photo 4 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Shafinas grimaces as Nguyen lands a kick to her head. The Vietnamese had established an 8-4 lead by the end of the second round. (Photo 5 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Shafinas aims a kick at the head and manages to score three points. She outscored her Vietnamese opponent 4-1 in the third round but fell short of levelling the fight, losing 8-9. (Photo 6 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Despite the loss, she gains a bronze — the second of these Games for Singapore. (Photo 7 © Les Tan/Red Sports)