(File pix) Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari contributed a gold medal via the Class E Putera (65 - 70kg) category at the 2017 Belgium Open Pencak Silat Championships yesterday. Pix by Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

KUALA LUMPUR: The National silat squad received a boost ahead of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games 2017 in Aug, after winning five gold medals at the 2017 Belgium Open Pencak Silat Championships yesterday.

Muhammad Faizul Mohd Nasir, a silat exponent under the Kita Juara Programme, clinched the first gold medal after beating home favourite Derent Xavier 5-0 in the Class B Putera (50-55kg) category, the National Sports Council's Facebook page reports.

The second and third gold medals were won by exponents from the Podium Programme – Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari and Razak Ghazali, from the Class E Putera E (65-70kg) category and Class D Putera (60-65kg) category, respectively. Mohd Al-Jufferi, who is the 2016 World Junior champion, beat another home favourite, Hachler Ammier 5-0; while Razak knocked out Singapore's Nor Hakim Samsudin.

The fourth and fifth gold medals also came from exponents under the Kita Juara Programme – Siti Shazwana Ajak and Muhammad Robial Sobri. Siti Shazwana scored a 4-1 victory over Singapore's Nurul Suhaila in the Class D Puteri (60-65kg) category; and Robial defeated another Singapore exponent, Sheikh Ferdous, 5-0 in the Class H Putera (80-85kg) category.

However, Indonesia emerged as the overall champion, with seven gold and four bronze medals, compared with Malaysia's haul of (5-4-4); while Singapore finished third, with one gold, four silver and two bronze medals.

Six countries – Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Holland, Malaysia and Belgium – participated in the championship. -- Bernama

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