Monday, November 21, 2011

SEA GAMES: Katrina Ann, Shreen Claim Malaysia's 45th Gold Medal

PALEMBANG, Nov 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysian synchronised swimmers Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi and Shareen Hui claimed the first gold medal on the opening day of the 26th SEA Games synchronised swimming event at the Jakabaring Aquatic Centre here Saturday.

The duo claimed the country's 45th gold medal, an earlier medal target set by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Katrina Ann and Hui dazzled the spectators at the aquatic centre with their superb routine and scored the highest 76.125 points -- 37.750 points for execution and 38.375 points for overall impression.

The silver medal was won by Singapore's Stephnie Chen and Cyrstal Yap with 72.750 points while host country swimmers Adela Amanda Nirmala and Sabihisma Arsyi claimed the bronze with 71.000 points.

"We are glad to be part of Malaysia's gold medal winners. We did not expect to win as the Singaporean swimmers are also good," said the 27-year-old Hui.

She said they have been training hard for their new routine for the SEA Games since August after returning home from the FINA Swimming Championship in Shanghai, China, in July.

Two hours later, the duo combined forces with six other Malaysian synchronised swimmers to claimed Malaysia's second gold medal in the technical routine team event competition.

Clad in orange-black striped swimsuits and with the accompaniment of the 2010 Fifa World Cup official song, Shakira's "Waka Waka, Its time for Africa" and K'naan's "Raise Your Flag", impersonating a football team, they swam to victory with 74.750 points.

The silver medal was won by Thailand with 70.750 points while hosts Indonesia took the bronze with 70.375 points.


From Farhanah Azmi

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