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Qabil wins Malaysia’s second gold at Asian Games

Malaysia’s Qabil Ambak Fathil beat reigning champion Jacqueline Siu from Hong Kong. (HAGOC pic)

PETALING JAYA: Qabil Ambak Fathil won Malaysia’s second gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games after clinching the individual dressage title today.

Berita Harian reported that the 43-year-old and his horse, Rosenstolz, were crowned Asian champions after accumulating 75.780 points in the final at the Tonglu Equestrian Center.

Qabil, who made his Asian Games debut at the 1998 edition, beat reigning champion Jacqueline Siu from Hong Kong for today’s win.

Siu finished second with 73.450 points, with India’s Anush Agarwalla taking home bronze with 73.030 points.

Qabil won silver in the event at the last Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang five years ago with 17-year-old Rosenstolz.

He reached the top-15 yesterday after accumulating the second best score of 72.706 points in the 31-rider field.

Qabil was based in Denmark before travelling to China to train ahead of this year’s Games with another horse, a 10-year-old named Napoli.

However, Qabil previously said he switched back to Rosenstolz as he felt that Napoli was not yet ready for such a major competition.

Nur Shazrin Latif won Malaysia’s first gold at this year’s Asian Games in the ILCA 6 sailing event yesterday.

The 25-year-old from Pasir Gudang, who won bronze at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, secured her ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics with yesterday’s win.