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Sabahan Daniel creates history

WORLD TITLE … Daniel (left), proudly showing off his winning trophy.

10th August, 2017


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah youngster Daniel Fiedieans Maideh created history by clinching Malaysia’s only gold medal at the 2017 International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) Youth World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand that enters its final day today.

The Primary Six student of SK Tanjung Keramat, Tawau gave a big smile to the national contingent on the fourth day of the championships where Malaysia also added three bronze medals, two of which were won by Sabahans.

The 12-year-old was undoubtedly the star of the national contingent after his victory in the 42kg division bout for the 12-13 years age group.

He clinched the top honour after edging his Uzbekistan opponent in the final where he won on points 10-9, 10-9 and 10-9 over three rounds.

Sabah’s duo of Kallens Barthez Jafali (57kg 14-15 years), and Riedzwan Norsyahmie Daud (48kg 16-17 years), also did well on the world stage as they returned home with bronze medals, with another bronze from Sarawak’s Muhamad Johan Ghazali.

Malaysia will have the chance to add another gold medal when an exponent from Kelantan will be in action in the final on the last day of the championship today.

For the record, Malaysia won one gold medal in the same championship last year.

The national squad delegation chief Ir Hj Nazri Haji Ab Razak, who is also Sabah Muaythai Association president, was happy with the national juniors’ performance, especially the local talents.

He said Malaysia sent 10 athletes to the championship, six of whom are from Sabah.

“The competitions were tough and our athletes needed to be at their best. Armed with strength and steely determination, some of the boxers managed to get past the challenges,” he said in an email yesterday.

Nazri added: “Hopefully this will be a good experience not only for the athletes but the coaches as well as the rest of the national delegation to assist in the development of the sport, particularly in Sabah.”

Nazri said they will try to send athletes to overseas tournaments and assured that the state athletes will be ready for competitions such as in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) 2018 and the IFMA Youth World Championships also in Bangkok next year.

He also hoped the achievement of the national youngsters would inspire others to take up the sport where discipline is of utmost importance.

Nazri also paid tribute to the parents and families, schools, the State Education Department and district education offices as well as the support from the Education Ministry for the success they have achieved.

“Not forgetting too the assistance and strong support from KBS (Youth and Sports Ministry), MSN (Sabah Sports Council) and ISN (National Sports Institute),” he said.

A total of 1,100 athletes from 79 countries are participating in the IFMA Youth World Championships.

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