SINGAPORE, June 16 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin described Malaysia's achievement of 62 gold medals at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore as an outstanding feat.
Malaysia ended the SEA Games campaign with 62 gold, 58 silver and 66 bronze to overcome 43 gold medals won at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, 58 gold medals won at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia and 40 gold medals won in Laos during the 2009 edition.
The 62 gold medals won in Singapore was the second highest outside the country after the 68 gold medals win at the 2007 Korat SEA Games in Thailand.
"I want to congratulate the Malaysian contingent for surpassing the 56 percent target after winning 186 medals from 329 events," said Khairy at a pres conference to when commenting on the performance of Malaysian athletes at the 2015 SEA Games here, Tuesday.
Khairy said from the 329 events that Malaysian athletes participated, athletes from six sports had surpassed the target, namely badminton with eight medals, cycling (5), archery (10), gymnastics (12), sailing (15) and shooting (11).
Four high performance sports lived up to expectations by meeting their target, namely tenpin bowling (10), hockey (2), sepak takraw (5) and squash (6).
Khairy also praised the performance of young athletes, especially Ooi Tze Liang (winner of four gold medals in diving), Muhammad Rafiq Ismail (three gold and a silver in bowling) and Fatin Nur Fatehah Mat Salleh (three gold medals from archery).
The Youth and Sports Minister was also full of praise for gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, winner of two gold, a silver and bronze medal, snooker player Thor Chuan Leong, winner of two gold medals and cyclist Mohd Harrif Salleh for winning two gold medals.
Khairy also heaped praise on two athletes who broke the SEA Games record, namely Muhammad Hakimi Ismail who erased the 16.67m men's triple jump record set by Vietnam athlete Hung Nguyen Van in Myanmar (2013) with a distance of 16.76m.
The other athlete was swimmer Welson Sim, 18, who broke the men's 400m Freestyle record of 3:53.99s set by Daniel Bego in 2009 (Laos) with a new time of 3:53.97s.
"We are also proud of 15-year-old shuttler Goh Jin Wei who managed to enter the semifinals although she was making her debut in the games," said Khairy.
Khairy who was unhappy with the performance of football and boxing who failed miserably, did not rule out the possibility that the Ministry may review the financial allocation for both sports.
However, other sports that did not fare too well would not be spared either, he said.
The SEA Games which started officially on June 5, ended today.