Friday, November 18, 2011

Malaysian Contingent In Palembang Surpass Initial Target

PALEMBANG, Nov 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's SEA Games contingent in Palembang, which is co-hosting the 26th edition of the Games with Jakarta, has surpassed the initial target of 21 gold medals set for it.

"We are very happy with the development. Today the 21st gold medal was won by Phillipa Yoong followed by the 22nd by her sister Aaliyah in water skiing.

"In terms of the overall medal tally, as of yesterday (Nov 16). Twenty gold medals came from Palembang and eight from Jakarta," Malaysia's contingent head in Palembang Datuk Syed Mustaffa Syed Ali told Malaysian journalists when met at the venue for the water skiing events at the Jakabaring Lake here today.

As of yesterday, athletics contributed six gold, shooting (two), diving (seven), swimming (four) and snooker/billiards (one).

Today, Malaysia added two more gold through the water skiing events which were won by Phillipa Yoong and her younger sister Aaliyah Yoong, who became the youngest athlete in SEA Games history to win a medal.

Asked if any more gold medals were expected from Palembang, Syed Mustaffa said they were likely to come from aquatics.


From Farhanah Azmi

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