SEA Games: Sabahan shatters national long jump record
Published on: Monday, December 09, 2019
By: GL Oh
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KOTA KINABALU: Youth and Sports Minister Phoong Jin Zhe congratulated Sabah’s Andre Anura Anuar who broke the national long jump record at the 30th SEA Games in the New Clark City Athletics Stadium on Saturday.

The 8.02 metres recorded by Andre not only broke the 12-year national record of 7.88m set by fellow Sabahan Josbert Tinus at the Thailand Open in 2007, it also won him a silver behind winner Sapwaturrahman from Indonesia, who cleared 8.03m to crack the Games record set by Philippines’ Henry Dagmil in 2007, while Thailand’s Suttisak Singkhon took home bronze with 7.89m.

The 20-year-old Tenom lad who had a personal best of 7.90m set at  the recent Berwang Open Athletics Championship here at Likas Stadium in November said he did not expect to break the eight-metre barrier.

“I did not expect to break eight metres. I was just giving my best. I am grateful to be able to break the national mark,” he said after the feat.

Phoong in a statement released Sunday said he is proud of Andre’s success.

“I am extremely proud of the success of this young athlete. He is going to be the new super star here in Sabah and I hope he will continue to shine on the world stage in years to come.”

The Minister also stressed that the State government through the Youth and Sports Ministry under him is committed in their bid to rebuild Sabah as a powerhouse in sports with the implementation of the Sabah Sports Development Strategic Plan 2020-2030 which aims to produce more international athletes.

Meanwhile, the silver from Andre was the third medal contributed by Sabah athletes for the Malaysian contingent and the first in the individual event.

The first medal was won by Chriyenterl Marcus in the women’s floorball tournament where the team won bronze followed by Taqiyuddin Hamid with gold in the Pencak Silat Ganda Putra (men’s doubles) event.


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