20th March, 2017
FLYING THE NATIONAL FLAG...Some of the state athletes holding the Jalur Gemilang during the first day of the WMACi at Daegu, South Korea.
By UMESH RAJAN
KOTA KINABALU: Nine Sabah Masters Athletic Association (SAMAS) senior athletes will don the national colours for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor (WMACi) held at Daegu in South Korea from March 19 to 25.
The state contingent will be joined by five other athletes representing Malaysia where it will be their first time competing on the international stage alongside 4,680 athletes from 73 countries across the world.
SAMAS President, Aliudin Jumaat said the championship is hosted in Asia for the first time therefore it was an opportunity of a lifetime to participate and compete against other world class talents.
“We were lucky to get the chance to train here at Daegu before the championship starts, so we are hoping to do our utmost best to perform throughout the championship and bring glory to Malaysia,” he said.
Aliudin will be participating in the Pentathlon event which consist of five disciplines such as 60m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump and 1000m.
The fourth place finisher at last year’s Decathlon WMAC in Australia, will also take part in the Men’s Individual 60m Hurdles and Men’s Pole Vault events.
Another medal hopeful is Juliana Gumpil who is Asia’s 100m and Long Jump record holder for the Women 50 – 54 years old category where she will be participating in the Long Jump, 60m Sprint and Triple Jump events.
The rest of the state contingent are Shamry Mohd Ali (Men’s 45 – 49 years old 60m Hurdles), Chung Yung Khiung (Men’s 55 – 60 years old Pentathlon), Julius Komuning (Men’s 70 – 74 years old Disc Throw & Half Marathon), Raymond Chai (Men’s 45 – 49 years old Shot Put), Bernice Lau Kam Mun (Women’s 40 – 44 years old 100m & Long Jump), Veronica Elau (Women’s 55 – 59 years old Half Marathon) and Lucy Yong (Women’s 55 – 59 years old Long Jump & Triple Jump).