Malaysian Sister & Brother Take Dressage Individual Gold, Silver at Southeast Asian Games
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 26, 2017–Quzandria Nur Mahamad Fathil, pregnant but deciding to come out of retirement, defied the odds to win Southeast Asian Games individual dressage gold medal while her older brother took silver for a one-two finish for Malaysia following team gold.
The 35-year-old, five months pregnant, competed Rosenstolz for a score of 152.029 points for gold.
Qabil Ambak, her older brother on Walkuere, took silver with 149.547 points.
Singapore’s Caroline Chew on Tribiani, won bronze with 145.988 points.
The siblings, together with Edric Lee Chin Hon and Quek Sue Yian, earned Malaysia’s first gold medal in team dressage earlier in the week.
“This is an exciting day for me as it has always been my dream of winning gold in this event in the Games,” said Quzandria Nur. “I never expected to do better than Qabil as he is far more experienced. This has come as a surprise.”
Qabil, 37, who announced his retirement after the 2010 Quanzhou Asian Games, said he is equally excited with his sister’s achievement.
“Quzandria has been training constantly and very determined to win a gold medal here,” he added. “I am happy for her as she truly deserves this gold.”
Both hope to compete in the 2018 Games in the Philippines.