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Fri, 08/15/2008 - 14:41
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BEIJING, Aug 15 (Bernama) - In a nail-biting shootoff, Malaysia's Cheng Chu Sian struck bull's eye to upset Olympic record holder Lee Chang Hwan to enter the men's individual quarterfinal Friday.

Both were tied 105-105 after the regular 12 arrows.

In the shoot-off, both scored a nine with the first arrow and in thesecond, Lee, aimed first and again struck a nine.

Cheng saw his chance. He stepped up and, displaying nerves of steel, hit thecentre of the board for the second time in the third-round bout.

The arena erupted into applause to the dismay of a large crowd ofKorean fans who had come to cheer for the experienced Lee.

"I told myself that I must do my best to make up for the team event. I wentto sleep early Thursday night," said the 22-year-old from northern Penang-state.

"I have beaten him before but I cannot recall when. Lee has also lost to Wan Khalmizam before and possibly because of this, he is under a lot of pressurewhen he faces opposition from Malaysia," Cheng added.

Cheng will meet Bair Badenov of Russia at 4.13pm Friday. The Russianadvanced by ousting Jay Lyon of Canada 115-110.

This the best achievement by a Malaysian archer in Olympic history in asport that is still relatively unpopular back home.

Lee, who is a part of the South Korea gold winning team, scored an Olympicrecord of 117 only two days ago in the first round.

Cheng was one point behind after the second arrow but his consistency prevailed to a 52-50 lead midway as the Korean dropped back with a dismal sevenin the third arrow.

After nine arrows, both were level at 78-78. Cheng was one behind again after the 10th arrow but he recovered with a perfect 10 in the 11th arrow to make it 96-96 going into the final arrow where both shot a nine to tie 105-105to force the shoot-off.

Cheng, who is the highest ranked Malaysian in the world standing, at number 13, had fared the worst during the team quarterfinals in teaming up with WanKhalmizam Abd Aziz and Muhd Marbawi Sulaiman.

The team, ranked number four in the world, was hoping to make the semifinalsto get into the medal running.

RESULT: 105-105 Cheng Chu Sian (MAS): 9-8-8-9-9-9-9-9-8-8-10-9 Lee Chang Hwan (KOR): 9-9-7-8-8-9-9-10-9-9-9-9 SHOOTOFF Cheng Chu Sian (MAS) 9-10 Lee Chang Hwan (KOR) 9-9