Malaysia posted a second win in the boys’ hockey five-a-side competition at the Youth Olympics by beating Mexico 4-2 in Buenos Aires on Monday.
Akhimullah Anuar Esook, with his eighth goal of the tournament, and Arif Ishak put Malaysia ahead 2-0 at the break before Luis Villegas reduced the deficit for Mexico.
Arif and Syarman Mat Tee extended Malaysia’s lead to 4-1 with Jorge Estrada scoring late on for Mexico.
The win followed a 14-0 trouncing of Vanuatu on Sunday and puts Malaysia second in Group A with six points, trailing Argentina on goal differnce.
Argentina wallopped Vanuatu 18-0 while Zambia edged Poland 4-3 in other matches. Malaysia face Zambia on Tuesday. In Group B, India hammered Austria 9-1, Australia beat Bangladesh 4-3 and Canada also beat Kenya 4-3.
Former badminton world junior champion Goh Jin Wei moved closer to the knockout stages after claiming her second win in Group C of the girls’ singles by beating Ashwathi Pillai of Sweden 21-15, 21-12.
In table tennis, Choong Javen won his first match in boys’ Group E after rallying from two games down to beat Lithuania’s Medardas Stankevicius 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 but missed out on a last-16 berth after an 11-6, 7-11, 13-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 defeat to India’s Manav Thakkar.
Alice Chang ended her campaign bottom of the girls’ Group D after a 12-10, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 loss to Adriana Pur Diaz of Puerto Rico.
Chong Xian Hao, meanwhile, finished 29th in men’s triathlon in one hour, 25 seconds.
Swimmers Alvin Singh Chahal and Low Zheng Yong ranked 17th and 20th after clocking 2:08.56s and 2:12.66s respectively in the men’s 200m individual medley. Zheng Yong returned to place 39th in the 100m butterfly heats in a time of 57.21 seconds.
Gymnast Zarith Imaan Khalid ranked 29th in the women’s vault qualification with a first vault score of 12.100 points.
On Tuesday, Malaysia Games multiple gold medallist Rayna Hoh competes in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around event while the hockey boys, Jin Wei and Zarith are also in action.