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MUAYTHAI / World Championship: Sabah win two gold medals for Malaysia
Published on: Thursday, June 13, 2024
By: GL Oh
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MUAYTHAI / World Championship: Sabah win two gold medals for Malaysia
(From left) Myra Arina, Jezzevelle Myora, Yan Jia Chi and Asyraf Danial.
Kota Kinabalu: The State Muaythai athletes continued to make waves in the world stage  by winning two gold and one silver medals for the country at the  IFMA Senior World Championship in Greece that ended on Monday.

Yan Jia Chi proved her success last year at the same meet in Bangkok was no fluke as she successfully defended her female Under-23 wai kru title with 9.45 points.

The latest world title was also her fourth following last year’s two other wins at the IFMA World Cup in Turkey and the World Combat Games in Riyadh.

The other gold was won by Asyraf Danial  in the men’s Under-23 wai kru category with 9.30 points. He was the gold medal winner last year in the men’s mai muay duo with Dariss Muzzamiel Mahadi.

However, Darris was unable to make it the trip  as he had to stay behind to undergo training as a prison officer.

The silver was delivered by the female mai muay duo of Myra Arina and Jezzevelle Myora (9.40points).

The Malaysian contingent also won one more silver through  Damia Husna from Kuala Lumpuur in the under-23 combat 51kg category and one bronze from another Kuala Lumpur-based Nur Amisha Azrizal in the under-23 combat 48kg.

Sabah Muaythai Association President Hj Nazri Abd Razak was happy with the State athletes’ impressive performance in the world championship.

He congratulated all the State  athletes who are all Sukma-bound for their achievement,  including Eva Anastasia Warren who made it to the qualifying stage in the combat 45kg category.

Meanwhile,  Cyrille Dhillon Tahing who was the team’s head coach with two other coaches Mardiana Maulana and Rozaimy Ahad warned the athletes not to be carried away by the success.

“I am satisfied with the achievement this time. This is the fourth time our seni (performance art)  team competed in the world championship and managed to dominate the category despite the presence of other top contenders.

“However, all of them should not be too comfortable with the success as our next main target is the coming Sukma, and a chance to prove that they are the best in the country,” he said.

He also said  they will begin centralised training for all the Sukma athletes from June 19-26  in preparation for the pre-Sukma to be held in Serdang, Kuala Lumpur on June 27-30.

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