Pak misses Asiad hockey medal for first time since 1958

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Malaysia won its first Asian Games men's field hockey medal since 1990 on Saturday and prevented Pakistan from taking one home for the first time in 44 years.

Pak misses Asiad hockey medal for first time since 1958

Busan:

Malaysia won its first Asian Games men's field hockey medal since 1990 on Saturday 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. 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. "We were a trifle lucky to catch Pakistan on the wrong foot after its semifinal defeat," Malaysian coach Paul Lissek said about 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." For Pakistan, only Muhammad Sarwar and Muhammad Wasim shot on target. (AP)

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