Monday, November 21, 2011

SEA GAMES: Malaysia Surpasses Maximum Target Of 45 Golds On SEA Games 9th Day

JAKARTA, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia surpassed its maximum target of 45 gold medals in the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia on the 9th day since competition began on Nov 9.

The national contingent today added six golds, three silvers and six bronzes making the national medal tally at 47 golds, 43 silvers and 64 bronzes to maintain its fourth position in the games medal tally.

Two gold medals today were contributed by cycling, two from synchronished swimming and one each from wushu and open sea swimming.

Indonesia continues to dominate the overall medal tally with 139 golds, 110 silvers and 102 bronzes, followed by Thailand (85, 76, 93) and Vietnam (79, 77, 79).

Malaysia is in the fourth position with 47 golds, 43 silvers and 64 bronzes, followed by Singapore (39, 41, 70), Philippines (22, 41, 59), Laos (8, 6, 24), Myanmar (7, 16, 25), Cambodia (3, 10, 14), Brunei (0,2, 7) and Timor Leste (0,0,3).

Despite exceeding the 45 gold target today, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek challenged Malaysian athletes to bring home 60 gold medals from the games in Jakarta and Palembang.

Shabery said should the wish of achieving 60 golds was met, the total gold medals collected would be a new record for Malaysia in the history of SEA Games.

Focus on the ninth day was the success of the under-23 Malaysian football squad under Ong Kim Swee in qualifying for the final.

Malaysia as the defending champion from 2009 Laos SEA Games beat Myanmar 1-0 in the semi final and will meet Indonesia in the final on Monday.

Indonesia beat Vietnam 2-0 in the other semi final.

After two days of competition, the national wushu squad began contributing gold to the contingent.

Lee Yang delivered the first gold in the men Taijiquan event with 9.71 points edging his opponent Thanh Tung Nguyen of Vietnam with 9.69 points to collect the silver medal while a Philippines exponent took the bronze with 9.51 points.

Wushu also provided one silver medal in the women Taijiquan with Ng Shin Yii collecting 19.41 points, six points less than gold medalist, Lindswell from Indonesia.

The bronze medal was clinched by Valerie Wee Ling En of Singapore who recording 19.36 points.

Melbourne-based nationaal cyclist Fatehah Mustapa delivered Malaysia's first cycling gold.

She recorded a time of 36.843s in the 500m individual time trial while Philippines' Epingger Apryl took the silver with 38.134s and Muzizah Uyan of Indonesia won the bronze with a time of 38.338s.

One more gold medal from cycling was delivered by Mohd Harrif Saleh from the 10km scratch race.

In the open sea swimming, Heidi Gan contributed her gold today through the 10,000 meter event. Heidi recorded two hours 20 minutes 26.7 second to grab gold followed by silver medalist Thi Ngoc Yen from Vietnam with a time of 2'34:59.61s.

Indonesian swimmer Yessy V.Yosaputra took the bronze with a time of 2'38:47.39s. Two days ago, Heidi won a gold in the 5,000m.

Malaysian synchronished swimmers Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi and Shareen Hui won the first gold on the first day of competition.

Katerina Ann and Shareen collected the highest mark at 76.125 points while the silver was won by Singapore's Stephnie Chen and Cyrstal Yap with 72.750 points and host country's Adela Amanda Nirmala and Sabihisma Arsyi took the bronze medal with 71.000 points.

Malaysia also collected a silver and a bronze from weight lifting.

Abdul Azim Najimi delivered a silver in the 105kg and above category through the snatch and clean & jerk while Firdaus obtained the bronze in the 94-105kg clean & jerk.

Sunday would be the 10th day of the games with 45 gold medals up for competition.

The events are synchronised swimming two gold, water polo (1), baseball (1), tenpin bowling (2), bridge (2), chess (2), cycling (2), fin swimming (6), judo (4), kempo (8), tennis (2), traditional boat race (4), volley ball (2), weight lifting (3) and wushu (4).


From Zulhilmi Supaat

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