MIXED EMOTIONS: MAAU comes under fire amid golden harvest
Ahmad Sharil Zailudin (left) in action against Thailand’s Sarawoot Camepoon in their D class match yesterday. - Picture by Osman Adnan
JOY, anger, sadness and surprises emanated from the Malaysian camp on the fourth day of the Indonesia Sea Games yesterday.
The smiles came when Malaysia bagged nine gold medals for their best haul in a single day so far, and it made up for the meagre four gold on Monday.
The day started with a bang for Malaysia with Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi blazing to her second gold in three days. She won the women's 10m air rifle individual title in addition to the 50m rifle three-position gold on Saturday,
The aquatic team were the most productive people of them all, shining with five gold medals yesterday. The swimmers won three gold and the divers contributed two gold.
Kevin Yeap Soon Choy surprised with a brilliant performance that maintained Malaysia's stranglehold on the men's 400m freestyle.
In diving, Malaysia showed they were a class above their rivals with a 1-2 finish in both the women's 3-metre springboard and men's 10m platform. Not to be outdone, the swimmers also splashed to a 1-2 in the women's 100m breaststroke.
The Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union found itself running a gauntlet of athletes' wrath for shabbily treating the men's 4 x 400m, who won a surprise gold in Palembang,
Archer Cheng Chu Sian's joy in completing a hat-trick of Sea Games individual gold medals was tempered by sadness with the death of his friend, Salam Sidik, a Paralympian archer.
In the men's badminton team final, the Malaysians got a pat on the back after a fighting performance saw men's doubles Goh V Shem-Lim Kim Wah scoring an upset win over top guns Bona Septano-Muhammad Ahsan in front of a hostile crowd.
Though Malaysia, fielding a team of second liners, lost 3-1, they gave the Indonesian team a fright, leaving coach Tan Kim Her impressed and pronouncing himself satisfied with their performance.