Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Malaysia Bag Nine Gold On Fifth Day Of 26th SEA Games

JAKARTA, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Malaysia bagged nine gold, seven silver and 11 bronze today to maintain fifth placing in the overall medal tally on the fifth day of the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia.

Aquatics contributed the most gold medals with three from swimming and two from diving followed by two from athletics and one each from archery and shooting.

At the end of the day Malaysia's overall medal tally was 22 gold, 21 silver and 34 bronze.

Hosts Indonesia stayed on top strengthening their position with 71 gold, 58 silver and 53 bronze, followed by Thailand (45, 32, 53), Vietnam (33, 39, 46) and Singapore (23, 23, 40).

The Philipines remained below Malaysia in sixth place with 13 gold, 20 silver and 26 bronze followed by Laos (4, 3, 18), Cambodia (2, 7, 9), Myanmar (0, 9, 5), Brunei (0,1,3) and Timor Leste (0, 0, 1).

At the Aquatics Centre in Palembang, national diver Cheong Jun Heong scooped a gold in the individual women's 3m platform event by collecting 310.70 points while team mate Ng Yan Yee got the silver with 290.10 points.

Olympic diver Bryan Nickson Lomas added another gold for the country through the individual men's 10m platform dive by collecting 500.80 points, the highest ever points he has ever recorded before this.

The national swimming squad contributed three golds, two from long distance swimmers Khoo Cai Lin (800m women's freestyle) and Kevin Yeap (400m men's freestyle) and one by Siow Yi Ting (100m women's breaststroke) while Christina Loh bagged a silver in the same event.

SEA Games defending women's pole vault champion Roslinda Samsu not only got a gold for the event but set a new record of 4.20m to beat her old one of 4.15m.

Vietnamese athlete Le Thi Phuong did a 4.20m vault while Suka Chomchuendee from Thailand got a bronze with 4.15m. (Roslinda was awarded the gold medal on countback).

National hurdles queen Noraseela Mohd Khalid met expectations when she scored a gold in her favourite women's 400m hurdle by clocking a time of 57.41s.

At the Senayan Archery Field in Jakarta, two national archers who are due to compete at the 2012 London Olympics, Cheng Chu Sian and Mohamad Khairul Anuar, secured a gold and silver respectively in the men's individual Recurve.

Thailand's Witthaya Thamwong took home the bronze.

Meanwhile, at the Shooting Range in Palembang, Nur Suryani Muhamed Taibi won her second gold medal of the Games in the women's 10m Air Rifle event.

It was a narrow call for Suryani, who collected 497.1 points and managed to wrest the gold from Singapore's Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei by 1.1 point.

The national bowling squad had to be satisfied with a bronze, courtesy of Adrian Ang with 1,359 pins, 27 pins behind gold medal winner Frederick Ong from the Phillipines while the bronze was taken by his countryman Jeremy Posadas with 1,365 pins.

Malaysia's badminton squad only added a silver to the medal tally after losing 1-3 to the host in the men's team final.

There are 54 gold medals up for grabs Wednesday.


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