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Shamry to make third appearance at World Masters Athletics Championship
Published on: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
By: GL Oh
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Shamry to make third appearance at World Masters Athletics Championship
(From left) Alison, Shamry and Charlie at the Likas Stadium.
Kota Kinabalu: Former national hurdler Shamry Ali will be making his third appearance at the World Masters Athletics Championship (WMAC) in Gothenburg, Sweden scheduled from August 12 to 25.

The 57-year-old, who had competed for the country in the SEA Games decades ago, also took part at the World Indoor Championship held in Torun, Poland last year where he came fifth in the 60m hurdles.

According to him, he will be taking part in the men’s 55-59 age group’s 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles in Sweden.

“At the moment I am training at the Likas Stadium with other Samas (Sabah Masters Athletic Association) members including Dr Alison Hiew and Charlie Lee who will also be taking part in Sweden .

“I must say it inspires me just to be able to compete among the best in the world at the championship. Hopefully I can make it to the final in the 100m hurdle,” he said.

He added that the Malaysian contingent is likely to feature an all-Sabahan team with athletes from Samas, but the full list will only be announced later.

Alison had earlier confirmed her participation in the women’s 400m and 400m hurdle events in the 40-44 age category while Charlie will compete in the men’s 65-69 age group’s 100m and 200m.

Meanwhile Shamry, who is also Samas treasurer, said they have done very well at the 22nd Asia Masters Athletics Championship held in the Philippines last November.

The team with 69 members contributed 22 golds, 31 silvers and 16 bronzes as Malaysia finished fifth overall with a total haul of 29 golds, 42 silvers and 28 bronzes.

He was among the medal winners with one silver (100m hurdles) and one bronze (400m hurdles),   Alison won four golds (400m, 400m hurdles, 4 x100m, 4 x400m) and one silver (200m) while Charlie took two silvers (200m, 100m hurdles) and one bronze (100m).

He also said Samas led by president Ramjit Nairulal are grateful for the support provided by the Sabah Sports Council over the years that led Sabah being the most dominant State in the country.

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