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Seven-gold show from Sabah karate exponents

13th March, 2018

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah karate exponents gave an awesome performance at the 9th Silent Knight Karate Cup 2018 after returning home with seven gold medals from the tournament that was held at the Titiwangsa Stadium, in the national capital over the weekend.

They also won five silver and five bronze medals in the annual event that featured 29 teams from six nations, including Malaysia.

Bibi Aysha Muhammad Zain, Nur Radhiah Fathiah Razmi, Nurhanna Nadirah Riduan, Muhammad Akid Azlan, Muhammad Syafieqrullah Halim, Muhammad Rafiuddin Faiz Razmi and Ivan Charles clinched the gold medals for the State.

Bibi Aysha won her medals in the Girls’ 8-9 years’ old Individual Kata, while Nur Radhiah clinched hers in the Girls’ Kumite for 10-11 years’ old category.

As for Nurhanna Nadirah, she won hers in the Junior Female Kumite -53kg category, while Muhammad Akid clinched his in the Cadet Male Kumite -57kg category.

Muhammad Syafieqrullah, Muhammad Rafiuddin and Ivan won their respective final bouts in the Cadet Male Kumite -52kg, Cadet Male Kumite -70kg and Junior Male Kumite -68kg categories respectively.

The silver medal contributors are Nur Rasyiqah Fari’ah Razmi (Girls’ 8-9 years’ old Individual Kata), Mohd Irfan Shah Mohd Fadli Shah (Boys’ 8-9 years’ old Individual Kata), Mark Kelvin Frederick (Senior Male Individual Kata), Brandon Zimito (Junior Male Individual Kata), and Daniel Milji (Senior Male Kumite -55kg), while Shaddad Iqbal Shah Tadzul (Boys’ 12-13 years’ old Individual Kata), Syasya Nursyahidah Ali Husin (Girls’ Kumite 12-13 years’ old -42kg), Nathalia Sherawinnie anak Yampil (Cadet Female Individual Kata 14-15 years’ old), Muhammad Aiman Alzan (Cadet Male Kumite -57kg), and Brandon Zimito (Junior Male Kumite -57kg) contributed the bronze medals.

The feat saw Sabah, who paraded a total of 21 athletes to the competition, finish second best overall behind eventual winners, Hayashi-Ha Kuala Lumpur.

The overall champions concluded their outing with 16 gold, 15 silver and 36 bronze medals.

Bushido Karate Club finished third best overall with five gold, four silver and six bronze medals, followed by Persatuan Karate Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya with four gold, four silver and six bronze medals.

Team Inkanas Sumut from Indonesia was the best performers for the overseas teams after ending the campaign fifth best overall.

They won three gold, six silver and five bronze medals. Sabah Karate Association (SKA) Secretary General, Julian Chin said they are happy and proud of the achievement by their exponents.

He hoped that this good outing would spur them to train harder in order to achieve greater things in the near future.

“Sabah has many good athletes in the sport which we need to groom properly and with a proper development programme.

“We hope these athletes will improve further to be national and world champions in the near future.

“I hope they don’t stop here, but continue to train hard. I would like to thank the parents, coaches and athletes for their commitment and support. We will train hard again and look forward to the next competition,” said Julian.

   
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