Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SEA GAMES: Roslinda Overcomes Boos To Secure Gold In Pole Vault

PALEMBANG, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Despite the local fans booing her, national athlete Roslinda Samsu secured Malaysia's sixth gold in athletics in the women's pole vault at the ongoing 26th SEA Games at the Jakabaring Athletics Stadium here Tuesday.

Roslinda, 20, who hails from Kuala Nerang, Kedah, also rewrote her own SEA Games record en route to the gold.

She jumped 4.20 metres to surpass her old record of 4.15 metres.

"I am very thankful I captured the gold. Maybe because I am a seasoned athlete the hostile crowd did not affect me. If I was a newbie, the result might have been different," she told the Malaysia media after the event.

Vietnam's Le Thi Phuong who also jumped the same height took the silver following countback. Suka Chomchuendee of Thailand had to settle for bronze after achieving 4.15m.

Roslinda's success also fufilled the six-gold target set by the Malaysian Amatuer Athletics Union for this edition of the Games.


From Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

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