Silat: Singapore reign supreme at the SEA Silat Championships

The Singapore silat team were crowned overall champions in the 5th Southeast Asian Pencak Silat Championships on Sunday, serving notice to their regional rivals ahead of the SEA Games in June.

With countries from around the region such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia fielding their likely SEA Games squads, the Singapore exponents battled hard to bag seven golds, two silvers and 10 bronzes.

The SEA Games will take place in Singapore from June 5-16.

Sheik Farhan, reigning world champion in the men's Class J (90-95kg), proved his credentials again with a victory over Vietnam's Dang Thanh Tung in the final.

His brother Sheik Ferdous claimed victory in Class E (65-70kg) after his opponent, Vietnamese Nguyen Van Curong, was disqualified for throwing consecutive, illegal blows to the head that left Ferdous needing medical attention. Ferdous was also named best athlete in the tournament.

2013 SEA Games Class F (70-75kg) champion, Alfian Juma'en, and bronze medallist Shakir Juanda, who competed in Class H (80-85kg), both triumphed in their respective finals as well, against Ryan Sazali of Indonesia and Malaysia's Robial Sobri.