SEA Games: Singapore archers land two bronzes, Indonesia dominate on first day of finals

Singapore archers (from left) Tan Si Lie, Keith Teo and Zhang Jingkang won bronze in the men's team recurve event on June 13, 2015. -- PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA/SPORT SINGAPORE
Singapore archers (from left) Tan Si Lie, Keith Teo and Zhang Jingkang won bronze in the men's team recurve event on June 13, 2015. -- PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA/SPORT SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - The Republic's archers won their first-ever men's team recurve medal at the SEA Games on Saturday, one of two bronzes won from the first day of the archery finals at the Kallang Field.

The trio of Tan Si Lie, Keith Teo and Zhang Jingkang bested Myanmar's Aung Nay Myo, Thu Aung Myo and Thu Nyein Si 5-1 to clinch the historic bronze.

Tan then clinched the second bronze in the men's individual recurve event, defeating Thai Natthapoom Phusawat 6-0. Thai archer Witthaya Thamwong beat Aziq Kamaruddin of Malaysia 6-2 for the gold.

Singapore just lost out on a third bronze as Chan Jing Ru, Quah Kai Zhi and Dillian Teo fell 3-5 to Malaysia in the women's team recurve.

Indonesia emerged as the dominant force with two out of five golds on the day.

Olympian and 2013 SEA Games silver medallist Titik Kusumawardani of Indonesia won Indonesia's first after trouncing Vietnam's Loc Thi Dao 6-0 in the women's individual final.

Her compatriots Ika Yuliana Rochmawati and Riau Ega Agata Salsabila clinched the mixed team recurve gold by defeating Malaysia's Loke Shin Hui and Khairul Anuar Mohamad 5-1.

The men's individual recurve was won by Thailand's Witthaya Thamwong, while Malaysia and Vietnam claimed victory in the men's and women's team recurve respectively.

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