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Awesome display by Sabah athletes

GOLDEN FEAT … Sabah’s 4x400m quartet (from left) Isiah Ng, Riksi Tahir, Shahrimien, Zaidi Khani Kanisus clinch gold medal for Sabah.

17th April, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia Games-bound Sabah track and field athletes were awesome after their display at the 65th Sarawak Open Athletics Championship that ended in Kuching on Sunday.

They returned home with 12 gold, nine silver and four bronze medals from the two-day meet. Marlin Hing William bagged two individual golds after winning the 1500m and 5000m events. She clocked 5:23.63s in the 1500m and came in 21:34.82s in 5000.

Sprinter Nur Aisah Aling also hauled double gold medals after winning the 100m and 200m race with a time of 12.39s and 25.52s respectively.

Jomon Papau also had a golden outing after winning the men’s 1500m race with a time of 4:15.27s while Andre Anura @ Anuar continued his fine form after clinching gold in record fashion (meet record) in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.35m.

The rest of the gold medal contributors were Mohammad Eizlan Dahalan (high jump/2.07m), Benedict Ian Gawok (110m hurdle/14.35s), Shahrimien Saimoh (400m/48.29s), Mohd Alif Mohd Razi (javelin/54.58m) and Raymond Yew (800m/1:58.38).

Sabah’s 12th gold medals were won in the men’s 4×400m. The quartet of Isiah Ng, Riksi Tahir, Shahrimien, Zaidi Khani Kanisus clocked a time of 3:21.27s.

Maslan Mosirin (high jump/2m), Karmentina Nadia (100m hurdle/16:26s), Chelsea Cassiopea (100m/12.39 PB), R.Darren Harry (100m/10.97s), Riksi (400m/49.19s), Zulkifli Saidin (shot-putt/13.72m), Beckham Buing (javelin/50.85m), Chelsea Cassiopea (200m/26.09s) and Mohamad Erwan Amir Hamja (800m/2:02.84) won the silver for the Sabah contingent.

The four bronze medals were contributed by Mohamad Erwan Amir Hamja (1500m/4:24.08s), Jatifah Gesikin (400m/62.61s), Brynoth Alarick Larry (shot-putt/13.64m) and R.Darren Harry (200m/22.94s).

Sabah sent 24 athletes to the meet, accompanied by five officials, including head coach Dzulfiqar Ag Anak.

“Our participation in Kuching is an important platform for our athletes to sharpen their performances after our outing at the Perak All-Comers meet three weeks ago.

“We are glad to note that 10 of our athletes managed to record their personal best in Kuching, and this is indeed a positive development for our athletes in their preparations for the Perak Malaysia Games in September,” said Dzulfikar.

He was also delighted to note that cooperation between Sabah Sports Council, Sukma coaches, personal trainers; ISN as well as family members of the athletes have been pretty much good.

Dzulfikar hoped that the athletes will continue to improve their performance as they bid to better their Sukma 2016 outing in Sarawak where they won five gold, three silver and seven bronze medals.

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