From Ahmad Muliady Abdul Majid
PALEMBANG, Sept 25 (Bernama) -- Malaysia fished out two more gold medals from the swimming pool to surpass the medal target set for the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG), here Wednesday.
The two gold medals won raised the total number of gold medals won by the Malaysian contingent to five, well past the three-gold target set earlier.
With five gold, three silver, seven bronze, Malaysia are currently in fifth spot behind overall leader Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey and Iran.
After a slow start, host Indonesia took a giant step forward and disposed Egypt from top spot by winning 10 gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze while Egypt with a tally of 9-10-9 are in second while Turkey with (8-7-14) are third ahead of Iran with (6-6-2).
In today's action, swimming has the biggest contributor with two gold and two bronze medals with gold medals coming from Daniel Bego in the men's 200m Freestyle and Khoo Chai Lin in the women's 400m medley.
Daniel Bego clocked 1:51.36s to win his event while Chai Lin clocked 4:55.49s to win her event.
The two bronze medals were won by Yap see Tuan from the men's 50m Breastroke with a time of and Kevin Yap Soon Choy through the men's 200m Freestyle.
Apart from swimming, Malaysia collected another two bronze medals from athletics which opened its doors at the Jaka Baring Stadium today while karate failed to produce any medal winning performances from the men's and women's Kumite.
In athletics, back up squad athlete Nauraj Singh Randhawa, 21, cleared 2.18m for the bronze in high jump while Iran's Keyvan Ghanbar cleared 2.20m for the gold medal on count back since Syria's Majd Eddin Ghazal had also cleared 2.20m.
Thursday, Malaysia's medal hopes will hinge on badminton, athletics and swimming.