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61-golden harvest for Sabah athletes

28th July, 2017

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah recorded their best ever showing at the 31st Malaysia International Open Masters Athletics Championships that ended at the Sarawak Stadium, in Kuching over the weekend.

The state contingent returned home with 61 gold, 26 silver and 24 bronze medals from the two-day event. The gold medal haul was the best ever achieved by Sabah in the meet.

Prior to this, their best achievement was 57 gold medals. The state contingent went into the meet parading a total of 80 athletes. Sabah Masters Athletics Association (SAMAS) president Aliudin Jumaat was ecstatic with the stunning show while thanking his athletes for a job well done.

He said they competed at the meet with high determination and spirit to eventually show their domination once again.

Aliudin also thanked David William, who is the team manager, for the hard work he had put in into realising their pre-meet target of 60 gold medals.

He was also happy to note the emergence of masters athletes under the age of 50 years old, whom he said helped strengthen their position in dominating the medal tally this time around.

Aliudin went on to express his sincere thanks to Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan and his Ministry as well as the Sabah Sports Council, Sabah Sports Board and those who have been supporting and guiding them all this while.

According to Aliudin, they won 24 gold medals from sprint events, 17 from long and high jump, 11 from throws while the rest from middle or long distance events.

Sabah’s oldest athlete, Alfred Lajawa, who was competing in the men’s 80-84 years’ old category, together with Juliana Gumpil and Lucy Yong turned out to be the biggest winners for the state.

They each clinched four individual gold medals in their respective categories.

Alfred won his gold in the 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump, while Juliana in 100m, long jump, triple jump and high jump (age group 50-54 years old), and Lucy in 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump (age group 55-59 years old).

Six other athletes, including Aliudin, also had an impressive outing as they clinched three gold medals each in their respective categories.

Aliudin, who was competing in the 60-64 years old category won his gold medals in the 400m, 100m hurdles and high jump, while Yaw Doly Y Lokong won his gold medals in shot put, discus throw and javelin.

Gilbert Daladin won his three gold medals in 100m, 200m and 400m (men’s 70-74 years old category), while Maulani Diman clinched his in the 100m, 200m, and javelin (50-54 years old category).

Tay Yu Eng won gold in shot put, discuss throw and javelin (women’s 60-64 years old), while Cecilia Maksimon won gold in 800m, 1500m and 3000m (women’s 45-49 years category).

The athletes that won two gold medals are Christina Labanjing (60-64/high jump and triple jump), Mathmod Alidin (60-64/100m and 200m), Charles Linggam (60-64/long jump and triple jump), Ramlan Goddos (55-59/100m and 200m), Narul Andau (65-69/long jump and triple jump), Julius Komuning (70-74/discuss throw and javelin) and Saidi Kailu (35-39/high jump and triple jump).

Sabah also won three gold medals in the relay event through its women’s 4×100 quartet comprising Lucy Yong, Erine Sinuel, Mordiana Abdullah, Juliana Gumpil, its women’s 4×400m team of Isidore Amin, Margaret Petrus, Erine Sinuel, Cecilia Maksimon and the men’s 4×400m team of Clarence Tami, Jamais Jumin, Cyril Misong and Teo Chen Lung.

For the record, the Sabah contingent was among the 700 athletes and officials from 20 teams including Singapore, Nepal, India, Brunei, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, South Africa and Peninsular Malaysia who took part in the championships.

   
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