Monday, November 14, 2011

Lo Wins Malaysia's Third Gold, Makes Up For Laos Disappointment

From Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

PALEMBANG Nov 13 (Bernama) -- Lo Choon Sieng won the men's 20km walk gold medal for the Malaysian contingent on the third day of the 26th SEA Games today.

By winning Malaysia's third gold, he finally made up for the disappointment of getting disqualified in Laos two years ago.

The Melaka-born athlete recorded 1 hour 32.34 minutes, overcoming his closest challenger, Indonesian athlete Hendro (only one name),who was just one minute behind.

"I am ecstatic. I worked hard for the past two years. This was my target after failing in Laos," the 26-year-old told Malaysian reporters afterwards at the Jakabaring Sports Complex's Athletics Stadium here, today.

"I came with full confidence. My coach also gave me motivating words, which helped me a lot, my parents too...and what I did during training all these while I was able to put into practice during the race," added Lo, who is a protege of V. Subramaniam.

Meanwhile, despite getting only a silver medal, national shot putter Adi Alifuddin Hussin was contented with creating a new national record of 17.53m, overcoming his old record of 17.38m

Adi, 23, said he did not place high hopes for gold knowing the strength of Thai participant Chatchawal Polyiam who emerged champion with a throw of 17.74m.

"I am not disappointed. For me, being able to break my own record is already a success," said Adi, who trained for only two months prior to the Games.

Adi had taken a six-month break from training after a shoulder operation.


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