Juliana and Erine star as Samas pull in 44-gold haul
Published on: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Masters Athletics Association (Samas) clinched a total of 44 gold, 27 silver and 15 bronze medals in the just concluded Malaysia International Open Masters Athletic Championships (MIOMAC) held at UM Arena, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur over the weekend.Asian women 100m record holder Juliana Gumpil and newcomer Erine Snuel were the toast of the team as they both contributed four individual golds each.

Juliana who suffered an injury during the games still proved too strong for her rivals in the 55-59 age category as she broke all the championship records in winning the four golds in 100-metre, long jump, triple jump and high jump.

Erine Sinuel on the other hand, won the 100m, 200m, 400m and shot put events in the 50-54 category, and the duo also teamed up to win the 4x100m relay.

The other golds came from Ramlan Goddos (M60-64), Sidin Wasim (M75-79), Cecilia Maksimon (W45-49), Adenah Lojuhun (W55-59), Christina Labanjing (W65-69) with three golds each.

Shamry Mohd Ali (M50-54), Aliudin Jumaat (M60-64), Charles Linggam (M60-64), Bernice Lau Kam Mun (W40-44), Jouti @ Vironica Elau (W60-64) and Susanna Hiew (W65-69) delivered two golds each.

Those who won one gold were Chung Yun Kiong (M55-59), Saniban Ampilah (M60-64), Vitalis Herman (M65-69), Kathrine Majudil (W35-39), Margaret Petrus (W45-49, Mordiana Abdullah (W55-59), Lucy Yong (W60-64), Samsiah Mohd Yassin (W60-64), and the Women's 4x100m team (Erine, Bernice, Mordiana, Juliana).

Samas president, Aliudin Jumaat who won two golds himself congratulated team manager, David William and all the other athletes.

"We had a commendable performance despite the absence of a few of our gold medal contenders. I am confident that Sabah will maintain its supremacy in the championship with the emergence of newcomers like Erine Sinuel, Sidin Wasim, Kathrine Majudil, Margaret Petrus and few others.

"Meanwhile, our performance, solidarity and sportsmanship also made us the centre of attraction during the championships. On one occasion, other teams' members joined us to do the sumazau dance when the song "Sumandak Sabah" was aired at the stadium," he added.

Aliudin also expressed his appreciation to Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung, his Ministry, MSN, Sabah Sports Board and all the sponsors for their support. - GL Oh


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