Thursday, November 10, 2011

Karate Expected To Contribute Country's First SEA Games Gold

JAKARTA, Nov 9 (Bernama) -- The first gold medal from the Malaysian Contingent to the SEA Games is expected to be contributed by karate exponent Jamalliah Jamaludin in the under 68kg kumite event on Saturday.

National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong said chances of getting gold from canoeing was slim despite the event offering five gold medals on the first day of the Games which start officially on Friday.

"Although the canoe squad is confident of taking home at least one gold, but NSC's evaluation is to the contrary. We expect karate to be capable of contributing Malaysia's first gold," he told reporters here Wednesday.

He said the competition schedule which was still not finalised was also making it difficult for his side to make accurate predictions as to whether Malaysia's first gold would be from Jakarta or Palembang.

Indonesia host the 26th SEA Games at two venues - Jakarta (22 events) and Palembang (21 events).

If Jamalliah reaps gold this Saturday, the 27-year-old exponent would not only be the first contributor of the gold medal to the Malaysian contingent but she would accomplish a hat-trick.

Jamalliah first won the gold medal in Korat, Thailand in 2007 and added another in Vientiane, Laos, two years ago.


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