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Positive impact by karate exponents

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COUNTRY’S BEST … the Sabah karate team with SKA boss Datuk Jake (standing centre row 5th left) celebrate in Serdang Jaya, Selangor. SKA secretary general Julian Chin is fourth left (centre row).

25th March, 2019

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: What an impact Sabah made at the 39th MAKAF National Senior Karate Open Championship 2019 that ended at the Stadium MPSJ in Serdang Jaya, Selangor yesterday.

They concluded their challenge, which was a stiff one, with a commendable three gold, three silver and seven bronze medals in the two-day championship.

The medal collection slightly improved their previous hauled of three gold, one silver and seven bronze medals in Kedah, last year.

They also improved on their overall finish where they ended their challenge as second best overall behind overall champions Penang, who clinched the title with five gold and three silver medals.

Last time out, they finished third best overall, behind the then overall winner, Malaysia Hayashi Ha Karate Federation, who finished third (overall) this time around with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Selangor, who won as many gold and silver medals as Sabah, was third best overall as they lost out on the bronze medal count with six in their bag.

Sabah Karate Association President Datuk Jake Jikulin Nointin when contacted said it was indeed quite a promising show by the state exponents.

“They managed to better their outing compared to last year, which is an improvement. Although it was only a slight improvement, it is enough to spur us to continue to strive harder in lifting the sport to another level in the state.

“I’m happy for the athletes, especially those who won medals. All of them tried their best. If they continue to work hard, I’m sure they will achieve greater results in the near future,” said Jake, who was there to cheer the state athletes in action.

“It was a pretty much competitive tournament where some of the country’s best exponents were in the fray. So we are happy with the end results,” he added.

For the record, Sabah paraded a total of 29 exponents, comprising 14 males and 15 females at the competition. They won the gold medal through Pressy Misty Philip (Female Kumite -68kg category), Audrey Jaypus (Female Kumite +68kg) and Bukit Jalil-based Richal Mattan (Male Kumite -55kg).

The three silver were from Ronny Roger Sining (Kumite -84kg), Nurul Shyakira Ayu Zakaria (Kumite +68kg) and the Female Team Kumite comprising Pressy, Audrey, national back-up Amirah Syahirah Azlan, Cairola Cheverry Wong Yee Ying and Maychelle Roger Mool.

The bronze medal contributors were Amirah (Female Kumite -61kg), Carl Pearson Philip (Male Kumite -67kg), Vellcarollyne Agustine (Female Individual Kata) and Ellen Rachel Samuel (Female Kumite -68kg), Male Team Kata comprising Clevelence Carlos, Josvin Jase and Mark Kevin Frederick as well as the Male Team Kumite consisting of Richal, Carl, national back-up Arthuric Gideon Jiwin, Stanley Dulian, Al Nasrin Faisal, Mcroyce Donovan Dagul and Kellyment Kahan.

   
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