Silat: Silver for Singapore's Nurul Suhaila Mohamed Saiful at world championships

Singapore silat exponent Nurul Suhaila Mohamed Saiful suffered a 0-5 defeat by Indonesia's Selly Andriani in the women's Class D (60-65kg) final at the Pencak Silat Championships in Phuket on Wednesday afternoon.

Despite the heavy defeat, it was still an improved showing from the 19-year-old, who finished with a bronze at the last edition in 2012.

Compatriot Shakir Juanda, who won a gold medal in 2012 and entered the tournament as the reigning world champion, also suffered defeat in his Class H (80-85kg) semi-final match. Shakir lost 1-4 to Indonesia's Tri Juanda Samsul Bahar.

Singapore's hopes of landing a gold medal lie in the hands of Sheik Farhan, whose father is ex-national silat exponent Sheik Alau'ddin. The 17-year-old, who is making his debut at the world championships, beat Malaysia's Azrul Abdullah 4-1 in the Class J (90-95kg) semi-final. The final takes place on Friday.

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