GREAT DAY: Karate exponents lead the way with four-gold
Leong Mun Yee (right) and Wendy Ng won the gold in the women’s 3-metre springboard synchro in Palembang yesterday. - Picture by HASAN ISMAIL
Two rookie karatekas, a little known fencer and an unsung walker stole the show for Malaysia in the Sea Games yesterday.
In Jakarta, K. Teagarajan and R. Loganeshaa Rao turned heroes when they won a gold each in karate.
The unexpected surprises from the duo saw the karate camp contributing a veritable total haul of four gold with Shaharudin Jamaludin and G. Yamini also prevailing in their events.
In fencing, Malaysia struck gold for the first time in 22 years when Joshua Koh won the men's individual epee.
In athletics, Malaysia continued to walk tall even though Teoh Boon Lim, the favourite, failed to deliver. For coming to the fore was Lo Choon Sieng who kept the men's 20km gold in Malaysian hands.
In diving in Palembang, Malaysia showed that they are still very much a dominant force with Leong Mun Yee-Wendy Ng scooping the gold in the women's 3-metre springboard synchro.
Malaysia ended the second day of the Games with seven gold, which was a much better haul than the two gold won on the first day.
But the biggest flop in athletics was Yuan Yufang. Much used to being unrivalled in the region, the once world class athlete was about 18 minutes slower than her personal best (1:32:25s) in the women's 20km walk.
In football, Malaysia, saving their best for the group encounter against Indonesia on Thursday, played at half pace against Cambodia, but it was still enough to secure a 4-1 win at the Gelora Bung Karno yesterday.
In badminton, Malaysia's hopes of winning the women's team's gold were dashed by Indonesia who won 3-1.
Nonetheless, the Malaysians advanced to the men's team final by outclassing Singapore 3-0.
Athletics Lo Choon Sieng (men’s 20km walk) 1:32.34s; Diving Leong Mun Yee-Ng Yan Yee (3m synchronised spring board) 296.10 points; Fencing Joshua Koh I-jie (men’s epee) bt Haerullah Muhammad (Ina); Karate Shaharudin Ja maludin (men’s kumite under 75kg) bt Minh Phung (Vie) 5-2, Loganesha Rao (men’s kumite under 55kg) bt Nguyen Quang Phu (Vie) , G. Yamini (women’s kumite under 61kg) bt Tran Hoang Yen Phu (Vie), K. Teagarajan (men’s kumite under 84kg) bt Bui Nhu Mai (Vie).
Athletics Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (110m hurdles) 13.86s (new games receord), Adi Alifuddin Hussin (shot put) 17.53m (new national record); Shooting Hazli Izwan Amir Hasan (men’s 25m rapid fire pistol) 603 points, Muhamad Shahril Sahak (men’s 50m rifle prone) 693.80 points; Mountain biking Masziyaton Mohd Radzi (women’s cross country) 37:29.00s;
Athletics Mohd Robani Hasaan (110m hurdles) 14.14s, Mohd Jironi Riduan (1,500m) 3:49.27s; Badminton Malaysia (women’s team event) lost to Indonesia in semi-final 3-1; Canoeing Mohd Noh Parmin-Hamdan Muhammad (K2 200m) 36.180s; Karate A. Nisha (women’s under 55kg kumite) bt Myint Theingi (Mya) in repecharge, Kunansilan Lakanath (men’s kumite under 67kg) bt Nguyen Van Su (Vie) in repecharge, Shakkila Sani (women’s kumite under 68kg) bt Nway Nway Zaw Win (Mya) in repecharge; Petanque Ahmad Safwan Ibrahim (men’s individual event), Suhartisera Zamri (women’s individual event) .
Wall climbing women’s boulder qualification round 1 Ina Flores (Phi) , 2 Watchareewan Tomas (Tha) , 3 Chung Sue Ann (Sin) ...7 Salfarina Mohd Drus (Mas) , 9 Wan Iryani Arifin ;
Artistic gymnastics men’s team event: 1 Vietnam 339.250, 2 Thailand 335.150, 3 Indonesia 329.700....5 Malaysia 303.800,
Women’s team event: 1 Singapore 189.002 , 2 Thailand 183.401 , 3 Indonesia 182.703 , 4 Malaysia 136.352.