Sabah garner another four golds
Published on: Thursday, September 22, 2022
By: GL Oh
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(From left) Azleysyam, Syukri and Khairul delivered a surprise gold for Sabah in the petanque triples event.
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah added four more gold medals at the 20th Malaysian Games (Sukma) in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

They have collected 23 to date but still well short of their 40-gold target with three days left in the competition.

The first was delivered by national weightlifter Elly Cassandra Engelbert in the women’s 55-kilogramme (kg) category in the morning.

Her winning total of 169kg from 76kg in snatch and 93kg in clean and jerk was well ahead of second place Sarawak’s Marthini Chan who only managed 152kg (67kg in snatch, 85kg in clean and jerk).

The 22-year-old lass from Papar was delighted to win the gold in her fourth and final appearance, and it was also the first gold from the weightlifting team in the competition following Nilcy Tunik’s unexpected loss in the 49kg a day earlier.

“I had won my first in Ipoh four years ago and I am pleased to have been able to retain my title in my last Sukma outing,” she said after the win.

She also made it clear that athletes should not get involved in banned substances after three lifters from the Games were earlier tested positive for doping.

She stressed that success can only be achieved with hard work and strict discipline as well as support from all parties, and there should not be any shortcut.

Elly was delighted with the win in her final Sukma outing.

Sabah’s second gold was won by muaythai exponent Vireen Teo in the women’s 45-48kg who beat Nur Aleysha Mohd Alawi from the Federal Territories in the final.

Gabriel Gilbert Daim then won his second gold in the diving event by taking the men’s 3-metre (m) springboard individual title with the score of 390.30 points.

The fourth and unexpected gold came late in the evening for the contingent when the trio of Azleysyam Azini, Muhd Syukri Fadel and Khairul Daniel Elffy won the petanque triples event.

Sabah also improved their overall medal tally with the addition of five more silvers and three bronzes.

The silver medals came from swimming through Chu Xin Ying in the women’s 800m freestyle and Loo Yie Bing in the women’s 50m breaststroke; Bibi Qeesha Mohd Faizal, Nascar Chong Na Jla, Nur Hafizanah Zailan, Zeti Irdina Zainal and Mohd Syahieradham Raiman in the Optimist mixed team event; and Shah Aryan Shahzam and Kenny Jafli in muaythai men’s 48-51kg and 67-71 kg respectively.

The bronze medal winners were archer Adriel Gabriel Liew in the Olympics compound men’s individual event, Kevdylan Wong in the weightlifting men’s 67kg as well as the women 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Thien Oi Yee, Yipp Chi Tong, Chu Xin Ying and Loo Yie Bing. 

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