Sabah's most successful day yet
Published on: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah athletes regained their golden touch and enjoyed their most successful day so far at the 19th Sukma Games in Perak on Wednesday as they took home five gold, five silver and 12 bronze medals.Triple jumper Andre Anura set the tone early in the morning with a record-breaking win in his pet event.

The 19-year-old who won silver in the long jump a day earlier first smashed the old record of 15.71 metres on his fourth jump with a distance of 15.81m before rewriting it with a 15.91m in the sixth and final jump.

The second gold came in the cycling event where Faizikry Jumah crossed the line first to take the men's cross country title.

Archer Eugenius Lo then continued his fine form with another individual gold in the compound individual, his fourth in the Games with a nerve-wracking shoot-off win over Khambeswaran Mohanarajaa of Penang who had held the previous Sukma 30m record which was broken by Eugenius on Monday.

Diver Gabriel Gilbert Daim who won gold in the men's 3m springboard on Monday teamed up with Youth Olympics-bound Jellson Jabillin to take the men's synchronised 3m springboard title.

The two combined to chalk up 377.1 points over four dives to convincingly beat their closest rivals from Selangor who only managed 370.62.

Sabah added a late gold in the evening from the women's sepak takraw team who defeated Perak 2-0 in the women's trio final.

Five silvers were also collected on the day with the first courtesy of Chelsea Cassipea Evali Bopulas, Ikam Syaffiera Duris, Nur Aishah Rofina Aling, Karmentina Nadia Quadra who finished second in the women's 4x100m relay behind Terengganu with their time of 47.510s.

The second silver came from the pool where the swimmers finally delivered the goods with a second place finish in the women's 100m freestyle relay.

Gymnast Brando Denoely Luise delivered two individual silvers in the men's floor exercise and men's vault with sepak takraw adding the third after their women's doubles were upset by Sarawak 1-2 in the final.

The Sabah contingent recorded their biggest bronze medal haul so far with four of the 12 contributed by boxing through Adrian Junior James (men's light welterweight 64kg), Johari Daniel (lightweight 60kg), Syahmizan Hamsah (light heavyweight 81kg) and Fariz Uwaimir Fazil (heavyweight 91kg).

Pencak silat delivered three from Amran Maklin (men's class 90-95kg), Andi Ahmad Mohd Ali (men's class I 85-90) and Nor Farah Mazlan (women's class A 45-50).

Three muaythai exponents, Amirah Syahirah Azlan (women's 54-57kg), Riedzwan Norsyahmie Daud (men's 48-51kg) and Nur Adriana Dania Nazri (women's 45-48kg) also won bronze while the other bronzes were won by the football team who defeated Terengganu 2-1 in the playoff, Ainie Markus in the cycling women's cross country, Sabah's quartet Desmond Wong/Nor Musyaraf Sari/Din Borbik/Tonga Jody Edmund in the athletics men's 4x100m relay. - GL Oh


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