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Sabah Games: Hanssen sprints to 100m gold
Published on: Wednesday, December 20, 2023
By: GL Oh
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Sabah Games: Hanssen sprints to 100m gold
The men’s 100m medallists (from left) Dexter, Hanssen and Pengiran.
Kota Kinabalu: Tambunan’s Hanssen Yap Soon Fu upstaged favourite Pengiran Aidil Auf Hajam to win the men’s 100m gold medal in record time at the 10th Sabah Games in Tuaran on Tuesday.

The youngster clocked 10.46 seconds (s) to beat teammate Dexter Bedie on the line by 0.03s while Pengiran representing Sandakan only came in third with his time of 10.54s.

It was a very fast field with seven of the eight finalists managing to break the previous record of 10.76s set by Mohd Nor Musyaraf Mohd Sari from Sandakan in 2019.

Hanssen said after the race that he hopes the breakthrough will spur him to train harder as his dream is to compete in the World Youth Athletics Championship in Peru next year.

Tambunan also captured the women’s sprint title through Theresia Anastasius with a time of 13.16s ahead of Ester Joanne Ailos from Tuaran in 13.45s followed by Penampang’s Dayangku Nursyafinaz Syazirah in 13.50s.

Two more records were also set in the field events. In the men’s long jump, Tenom’s Kasman Kassim leaped to a distance of 7.17m to better the 10-year-old record of 7.11m by Jonathan Larus.

In second place was Tuaran’s Eljoe Gotuoh (7.11m) followed by Putatan’s Muhd Luqman Abd Said (7.03m).

Kunak’s Ku Yee Aleng set a new record in the women’s high jump with 1.59m erasing the old mark of 1.57m set by Michelle Cornellius Lucas in 2017. 

Second place went to Satra Hajad (1.55m) from Sandakan and in third was Lahad Datu’s Nurul Ain Batriesya Rosdy (1.55m).

Twelve finals in track and field were held on Tuesday. Winners in the men’s events were: High jump - Reynolds JC Majin (Nabawan - 1.95m), Adder Pansie Efandi (Kota Belud - 1.85m), Nelzirco Perimus  (Keningau - 1.80m); Discus - Ajuan Awang Junan (Kota Belud - 38.12m), Nathaniel Majid (Penampang - 36.43m), O’Neil Anthony Tambur (Penampang - 33.85m); 800m - Erwin Greengori @ Gregory (Ranau - 2:03.86s), Renley Chars Rafail (Pitas - 2:09.85s), Issac Venceslaus (Beaufort - 2:10.41s).

In the women’s events: 800m - Nur Syifa Raisha Adnan Firdaus (Kota Kinabalu 2:33.08s), Nur Aliah Batrisya Karim (Kalabakan 2:35.26s), Lelian Elwey (Beluran 2:38.16s); Discus - Norhafikah (Ranau 34.91m), Sherra Annabelle Jonias (Kudat 34.70m), Sungraecina Harry (Nabawan 33.19m); Long jump - Samantha Collette Valentine (Keningau 5.28m), Meselemya Bious (Tenom 5.27m), Carefina Dian Eldy (Kudat 5.24m).

In the 4 x100m relays, the gold in the men’s event went to Sandakan (Dexter Palmin, Mukhriz Ameer Izzuddin Abd Rauf, Muhd Isyhan Thomas, Pengiran Aidil Auf Hajam - 42.56s) followed by Telupid (Danish Charlison, Vasco Van Velalin, Jisroy Johanis, Victor Julius - 43.35s) and Lahad Datu (Mohd Nazhlee Maning, Mohd Said Umrih Amir, Solehhuddin Razak, Mohd Arief Aiman - 43.45s).

The women’s gold was won by Tambunan (Angel Angelna Conrod Mool, Abernetha Elissa Tadius, Daelcee Chealcy Pius, Theresia Anastasius - 50.39s) and in second place were Tuaran (Qyurine Qamelia Thomas, Esther Joanne Ailos, Nia Jovic Suan, Joeiviean Jamson - 50.75s) with Penampang (Serena Soupin, Shayna Heather Tahing, Eva Joyce Johanes, Dayangku Nursyafinaz Syazirah - 50.82s) in third.

Meanwhile, Kota Kinabalu has taken over the lead from Sandakan at the top of the medal standing  with seven golds, four silvers and seven bronzes.

They added three more gold medals with two from archery in the men’s and women’s 70m recurve by Evan Rich Chong Qi Wei and Faith Fedora Shiu Xiao Min respectively as well as from the women’s tennis team.

They also won one more silver in the men’s tennis event and two bronzes from archery through Quik Chern Xin in the men’s 70m recurve and Carolyn Chye Hui Yin in the women’s 70m recurve with the other bronze won by the petanque men’s team late on Monday.

Sandakan on the other hand, only managed to add one gold medal from the men’s tennis team in addition to two bronzes from the women’s tennis team and in athletics.

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