Tawau clinch overall title
Published on: Tuesday, August 06, 2019
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KOTA KINABALU: Tawau won the overall title at the Sabah Closed Athletics Championship which concluded at Likas Stadium on Sunday.

They took home 11 golds and two bronzes to top the medal tally, and in second place were Sports School Malaysia Sabah with six golds, nine silvers and two bronzes while in third place were SMK Tandek who took home two golds, three silvers and three bronzes.

State runners Chelsea Cassiopea Evali, Raymond Yew, Nur Aliah Batrisyah Karim and Shahrimien Salmoh each contributed two gold medals.

Chelsea won in the women’s 100m (12.56s) and 200m (26.19s), Raymond in the men’s 1,500m (4:24.51s) and 800m (2:01.32s), Nur Aliah in the women’s 1,500m (5:31.44s) and 800m (2:29.58s), while Shahrimien in the men’s 100m (11.14s) and 400m (49.04s).

The other gold medals came from national runner Fathin Faqihah Mohd Yusof in the women’s 400m (58.18s), Karmentina Nadia Quadra in the women’s 100m hurdle (15.65s) and the hybrid relay team of Chelsea, Asaad Nasution Haris, Shahrimien and Fathin (1:45.60s).

Their two bronzes were contributed by Yousha Nasyuha Yusri in women’s long jump (4.34m) and the second hybrid relay team of Lifeina Julin, Aniq, Jamal, Miana Masinta (1:57.00s).

A total of 300 athletes with 198 men and 102 women took part in the two-day competition organised by Sabah Sports Council (MSN).

Youth and Sports Ministry’s permanent secretary Yusrie Abdullah who gave away the prizes in his closing speech stressed that MSN are not interested to take over the administration of Sabah Athletics Association which has been suspended by the Sports Commission since October 29.

“We hope the association can return to normal and carry out their programme in development of the sport.

“This competition was organised in order to give opportunity to all the athletes who have been training hard a venue to compete, and at the same time, it also serves as platform to select athletes to represent the State in the 96th National Athletics Championship at Bukit Jalil Stadium from August 16-18.

“I also believe this championship can help all the districts in their preparation for the Sabah Games in Keningau from December 7-13,” he added.

Also present were Sabah Sports Board director Aliudin Jumaat, Head of Physical Fitness Coordinator, University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Prof. Dr. Dg. Maryamah Ag Daud, MSN assistant director Valerie Wong, head of Tuaran district athletics association Simit Bolkiah and tournament director Bonnie Rudolf. – GL Oh


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