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Terengganu lass creates Sukma history
Published on: Thursday, September 13, 2018

BATU KURAU: National cyclist Nur Aisyah Mohamad Zubir created Malaysian Games (Sukma) history after emerging as the only woman cyclist who won the gold medals in three consecutive editions since 2014 Sukma in Perlis.

At the 2018 Perak Sukma event at Arena Square, Batu Kurau here, Nur Aisyah displayed a very energetic performance in the individual time test category (highway) clocking 44 minutes 57.316 seconds to win the first gold for the Terengganu contingent.

Nur Aisyah's teammate Nurul Najihah Inani A. Aziz won the silver medal after securing the second fastest time of 47: 30.954s while the bronze medal went to a Federal Territory rider Yeong Zhen Yi who clocked 49: 29.641s.

"It's not easy for me to reach this top performance level. I worked hard day and night during a one month intensive training to make sure I am really prepared. The sacrifice paid off," said Nur Aisyah.

For the record, at Sukma 2016 in Kuching, Sarawak, Nur Aisyah dominated five gold medals through individual time test and team event, individual mass start and team and criterium.

Meanwhile, cyclist Mohamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff put aside a fever to romp home in the men's individual highway cycling event and claimed the second gold medal for Terengganu at the 2018 Perak Malaysia Games (Sukma) on Wednesday.


The prolific rider from Setiu, Terengganu clocked 43 minutes 53.128 seconds ahead of teammate Muhammad Shaiful Adlan Mohd Shukri who took the silver with a time of 44:52.161s.

The bronze medal went to Selangor's Muhsin Al Redha Misbah in 45:35.035s.

Commenting on his race, Nur Aiman, 20, said had to face various obstacles before emerging as the winner Wednesday. "Before this, I was down with a fever in the Asian Games in Indonesia which affected my performance and yesterday, I was having high temperature again but I just could not give up as this is my last Sukma.

"But today I am thankful I could complete the event in the fastest time and contribute a gold medal to my home state," he said.

Nur Aiman was also the gold medal winner in the last Sukma in Sarawak.


In GOPENG, wushu athlete, Mohammad Adi Salihin cheered up the Brunei contingent with a silver medal in the men's Nanquan category at the 19th Malaysia Games at the Perak Matriculation College here.

Mohammad Adi, 18, narrowly lost 0.04 points to the winner of the gold medal Calvin Lee Wai Leong of Negeri Sembilan (9.54 points) while the bronze medal went to Penang athlete Chuah Shangyang with 9.48 points.

Mohammad Adi said the experience in the 2018 Asian Games gave him the confidence to show his best performance today but conceded he made mistakes in some moves during the final.

"I was not thinking of winning a medal but I just want to enjoy my every single performance. Besides that, I can also learn new techniques from competitors in Malaysia," he said.

Mohammad Adi, who had been involved in wushu since 10 years ago and was making his second appearance at Sukma, also hoped to defend the Nandao category silver medal that would take place Wednesday.


Meanwhile, a small athlete from the Kelantan contingent, Nor Azira Kamarudzaman, 13, also grabbed attention after winning the silver medal in the women's Nanquan event on her first appearance at Sukma.

"I was not thinking of winning a medal but of gaining experience here. I failed in previous selections, so when given the opportunity I want to give my best," said the athlete who aspired to be a policewoman.

Nor Azira collected 9.25 points to lose to Tan Cheong Min from Melaka (9.56 points) and Lee Hui Xian of Sarawak won a bronze medal with 9.05 points. – Bernama

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