Saturday, 14 December 2013

The NST : Back on golden track

GOOD FRIDAY: Five gold medal rejuvenate Malaysia’s hopes of reaching target

AFTER a slow Thursday, Malaysia got back on track to reaching their 40-gold target at the Myanmar Sea Games when national athletes bagged five titles to double the contingent's gold count yesterday.

Karate, which came under fire for not allowing the media in for interviews during their training session on Thursday, delivered the first gold of the day through Lim Chee Wei in the men's individual kata.

Chee Wei then teamed up with Ricky Leong and Leong Theng Kuang to take the team gold.

Eddy Choong then made it three gold after he emerged victorious in the 50m free pistol event with youngster Jonathan Wong Guanjie bagging the bronze in the same event.

Later in the evening, silat (seni) exponents Nur Syazreen A. Malik and Nor Hamizah Abu Hasan delivered the sport's first gold at the Games via the women's doubles event.

Christina Loh won Malaysia's first gold from the pool when she took the women's 100m breaststroke in an impressive time of one minute 10.55 seconds.

Christina Loh in the 100m breaststroke final at the Wunna Theikdi Swimming Arena yesterday. Christina (inset) with her gold medal.

More gold medals are expected from swimming and karate today while Malaysia also have a chance in weightlifting through former Commonwealth Games medallist Mohd Hafifi Mansor and boxing via G. Ramkumar in the men's 69kg category final.

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