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Sabah athletes deliver six golds for M’sia

6th June, 2018

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Malaysia Games (Sukma) athletes added another three gold, two silver and one bronze medal to close out their AYALA Philippines Athletics Championship campaign in positive fashion on Monday.

The state contingent participated in the championship held at the City of Ilagan Sports Complex, Ilagan City in the Philippines as part of their training camp schedule in preparation for the Sukma Games in Perak, in September this year.

The Team Sabah Malaysia athletes finished the championship with a total of six gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

The gold medals won on Monday were contributed by the women’s 4X400m relay team consisting of Camelia Jasten, Chelsea Casopea, Puteri Nur Safira and Jatifah Gesikin.

Another sprinting quartet of Riksi Tahir, Sharimien Saimoh, Muhd Norbik Din and Zaidi Khani Kanisius secured the gold in the men’s 4X400m relay before Muhd Eizlan Dahalan won the sixth and final gold for Team Sabah Malaysia in the men’s high jump event.

Andre Anura finished with a silver medal in the men’s triple jump event, while Muhd Norbik won a hard-fought silver medal in the men’s 100m and lastly Jatifah contributed one bronze medal in the women’s 400m hurdles.

For the record, the first two days’ medal contributors for gold were from Camelia (women’s 400m) and Zaidi (boys’ junior 400m) while the quartet of Halimatul Saadiah, Chelsea, Puteri and Ikma Syafiera Duris took home the gold in the women’s 4X100m event.

The silvers were won by Brynoth Alarick Larry (men’s shot put), whereas the two other silvers were won by Puteri (women’s 400m) and Halimatul (women’s 100m hurdles).

Finally, Zulkifli Saidin (men’s shot put), Kermantina Nadia Quadra (women’s 100m hurdles) and Marlin Hing William (women’s 1,500m) were the bronze medal contributors.

Veteran runner Maulani Diman won the 100m and 200m gold medals in the men’s masters’ 50-54 age group category, putting the icing on the cake for the Sabah Malaysia Team’s achievement.

Team manager, Ali Aman hailed the state Sukma athletes for giving it their best in the championship.

“All the athletes tried very hard to achieve glory, just like our motto of to ‘Go For Gold’ and despite invited international teams not being included in the overall medal standings, our achievement this time has shown a positive outcome.

“After three weeks of setting up boot camp in Baguio City to re-condition the athletes before the championship, it has shown a drastic improvement as seven state athletes recorded their personal best in the championship.

“We hope that our Sukma team will shine better in Perak this September and I would like to thank the Youth and Sports Ministry, Sabah Sports Council and those involved for their continuous support,” he texted yesterday.

Meanwhile, another state contingent sent by Sabah Athletics Association (SAA) also saw several athletes bringing home medals as junior sprinter Desmond Wong Tzyy Kuen ran 11.39s to finish second in the boys’ U-20 100m and another future talent Dino Hiew Han Hong took the bronze in the boys’ U-20 high jump with 1.80m.

For the record, the five-day championship was participated by about 900 athletes from the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Timor Leste, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Myanmar vying for 150 gold medals.

   
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