Sabah junior shuttlers grab three golds
Published on: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah junior shuttlers won three gold medals in the recent 100Plus National Junior Circuit (1st Leg) Division One finals held in Penang Badminton Centre  in Jelutong, Penang.

All their titles came in the Under-14 category with Aguwell Andrew living up to his top seed billing by defeating Johor’s Azuan Amirul Imran 21-14, 21-17 in the boys singles final for Sabah’s first gold.

The second gold was courtesy of unseeded Jovine Calvin, who came from a set down to upset top seed Selina Loh of Selangor 18-21, 21-16, 21-8 in the girls singles final.

The girls doubles pair of Sharlyn Vivian George and Cassey Rynn Rompog then dealt another blow to Selina when they defeated her and Wong Zi Yi in straight sets 21-13, 21-10 to take the title.

Sabah also won two silvers and three bronzes in the five-day competition where Aguwell was denied his second gold after he and partner Carlester Cleve James lost their doubles final to Goh Shao Tang and Muhd Nurhakim Sagidon  in straight sets 17-21, 11-21. 

The other silver was delivered by Arena Satu Samin who was upset by K. Letshaana of Selangor 11-21, 11-21 in the girls Under-16 singles final.

The bronze medal winners were Muhd Arif Jun Ket in the boys Under-14 where he lost to Azuan Amirul 8-21, 8-21 in the semi-final, the girls Under-14 doubles pair of Jovine Calvin/Kon Han after losing the semi-final to teammates Sharlyn and Cassey, and the girls Under-16 singles semi-finalist Goh Shuen Tong who lost to K. Letshaana 11-21, 13-21. Sabah Badminton Association president Janih Bangud was delighted with the results and congratulated the players for their achievement.

“We are extremely proud and delighted with the success achieved by the players. I hope their successes will inspire other players in the State to train harder to try and follow in their footsteps to make the State proud in the next leg to be held in Johor from May 1-5,” he said on Monday.  – GL Oh



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