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Sabah athletes bag eight gold medals

15th May, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah track and field team accomplished their four-gold medal target at the 95th Malaysia Open and National Athletics Championship that ended at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

The state squad that comprised eight seniors led by SEA Games gold medallist Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian and 36 junior athletes, returned home with eight gold, two silver and seven bronze medals from the three-day meet. The feat saw them finish third best in the overall medal tally behind Armed Forces and Johor.

Armed Forces finished top overall with a total medal collection of 21 gold, 12 silver, five bronze, while Johor ended their campaign with nine gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals.

According to Sabah Athletics Association (SAA) secretary, Francis Shim, Sabah won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals on the opening day of the meet where Andre Anura, Ikma Syaffiera Duris and Mohd Alif Mohd Razi contributed the gold medal.

Andre won his gold in the men’s Under-20 category long jump event while Ikma Syaffiera claimed her gold in the women’s Under-21 category 100m.

As for Mohd Alif, he won the men’s Under-21 javelin event.

Azwan Bunjing contributed the silver in the men’s open 10,000m while Puteri Nur Safirah Gajali and Beckham Buing won their bronze medals in the women’s Under-20 400m and men’s Open javelin.

On the second day, Sabah added four more gold medals, one silver and two bronze.

The gold-medal contributors were Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (men’s open 110mh), Halimatul Saadiah Mohd Raja (women’s Under-20 100mh), Mohd Eizlan Dahlan (men’s Under-20 high jump) and Benedict Ian Gawok (men’s Under-20 11mh).

Mohd Din Norbik won the only silver of the day in the men’s Under-21 200m while Liz Steffenie Mawos (women’s Under-20 long jump), Mohd Nur Musyaaraf (men’s 200m) and Nobeneca Pinalus (women’s Under-20 discuss) contributed a bronze each.

On the final day, Andre Anura clinched the men’s Under-21 triple jump gold while the women’s 4×100m quartet settled for the bronze medal in the relay event.

Maslan Mosrin also won bronze in the men’s Under-20 high jump event.

“We are happy with the achievement. We surpassed our four-gold medal target, and I hope this will help spur them to train harder for future championships,” said Shim.

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