Malaysia’s Praveen Nair Mathavan & Sein Win Mal Take Individual Gold at Southeast Asia Games

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Praveen Nair Mathavan celebrating individual gold at the Southeast Asia Games. Courtesy: BERNAMA
Praveen Nair Mathavan celebrating individual gold at the Southeast Asia Games. Courtesy: BERNAMA

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Dec. 14, 2013–Praveen Nair Mathavan of Malaysia rode a borrowed horse, Sein Win Mal, to capture the individual dressage gold medal at the Southeast Asia Games Saturday while Indonesian combinations took silver and bronze.

Praveen and the 12-year-old mare bred in Myanmar scored 67.405 per cent in the FEI World Dressage Challenge test.

Indonesian riders Valentino Lumentah on Ngwe Har May won silver with 67.162 per cent and Ferry Wahyu Hadiyanto on Perfecting Ruby took the bronze on 65.135 per cent.

The 16-year-old who couldn’t bring his own horse to the Games because of quarantine restrictions borrowed the local horse for the competition.

The pair placed second in the team competition Friday, from which the top 12 moved on to the individual final.

Praveen said he got to ride the local horse twice over an hour before the team competition.

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