Monday, November 14, 2011

SEA GAMES: Malaysia Win Two Gold Medals On Day Two Of 26th Sea Games

JAKARTA, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysia won two gold medals - in shooting and athletics - on the second day of the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia Saturday.

Malaysia are now in 6th place in the medal tally with two gold, five silver and six bronze.

Hosts Indonesia are leading with 23 gold, 15 silver and eight bronze followed by Singapore (8,7,8), Vietnam (6, 7, 10), Thailand (5,8,9) and the Phillippines (3, 2, 6).

Of the 11 countries taking part, only Brunei and Timor Leste have yet to collect any medals.

National shooter, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi emerged as the nation's first gold medalist when she won the 50m Rifle Three Positions at the Jakabaring Sports Complex in Palembang, while Nur Ayuni Farhana took the bronze medal in the same event.

The shooting squad gained two more bronze through Khalel Abdullah and Mohd Hadafi Jaafar in the men's 25m Standard Pistol and 10m Air Rifle events respectively.

Despite being plagued by a spinal injury, hammer throw athlete Tan Song Hwa defended her previous gold medal performance in Laos two years ago with a spectacular 55.15m throw today.

In swimming, two silver medals were won by Marellyn Liew in the women's 100m butterfly and in 4x100m medley by Liew, Chan Kah Yan, Christina Loh and Khoo Cai Lin.

Malaysia received a bronze bonus from Hafzanizam Bakhori in wall climbing, an event making its debut in this Games.

Dreams of another gold were dashed however when Jamalliah Jamaludin only managed a bronze in the over 68kg karate kumite.

In taekwondo, Sarawak duo Ahmady Rady and Morren Urai Lian captured another bronze through the Poomsae event.

Meanwhile, 10 Malaysian athletes mostly gymnasts and shooters were reported to have come down with suspected food poisoning at the Games Village in Palembang.

Tomorrow, 58 gold medals are at stake in aquatics (six), athletics (12), billiards (two) canoeing (seven), cycling (two), fencing (two), artistic gymnastics (one), karate (nine), silat (six), petanque (two), roller-skating (two), shooting (three) and taekwondo (four).


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