Pak misses Asian Games hockey medal
Press Trust of India, PTI
Busan, October 12, 2002
First Published: 13:53 IST(12/10/2002)
Last Updated: 13:53 IST(12/10/2002)
Malaysia won its first Asian Games men's field hockey medal since 1990 today and prevented Pakistan from taking one home for the first time in 44 years.
Malaysia won the bronze medal, prevailing 4-2 in the tiebreaker after the two teams were level 1-1 in regulation period and after a sudden-death extra time.
Winning its first medal since the Asian Games in Beijing, Malaysia took its tally to six Asian Games bronze. Pakistan is a seven-time winner of the Asian Games tournament and has won a medal in every Asian Games since hockey was added to the games program in 1958.
Malaysian goalkeeper Roslan Jalamuddin made two saves in the tiebreaker, stopping Pakistan's drag-flick artist Sohail Abbas and Mudassar Ali to clinch Malaysia victory.
Keevan Raj, Chua Boon Huat, Kuhan Shanmuganathan and Muhammad Amin converted the penalty strokes for Malaysia as the issue was settled without the fifth shot being required. For Pakistan, only Muhammad Sarwar and Muhammad Wasim shot on target.
"We were a trifle lucky to catch Pakistan on the wrong foot after its semifinal defeat," Malaysian coach Paul Lissek said of Pakistan's loss to India in the semifinals.
"It was a big disappointment for Pakistan, but we were charged up with the hopes of winning a medal."
Pakistan took the lead in the 23rd minute when Abbas capitalized on a penalty corner rebound after his first shot was blocked by goalkeeper Jamaluddin.