Thursday, 14 July 2016

The NST : Asean University Games: Malaysian swimmers power ahead with three gold medals

BY FADHLI ISHAK - 13 JULY 2016 @ 11:56 PM

SINGAPORE: The national swimmers did well to deliver another three gold and a bronze as the medals started to rack up for Malaysia at the Asean University Games (AUG) here today.

Wong Fu Kang, who settled for bronze in the men's 100m breaststroke yesterday, left no room for error as he powered to the 50m breaststroke gold in a time of 28.91 seconds at the OCBC Aquatics Centre.

Indonesia's Nathaniel Gagarin (29.08s) and Dennis Josua Tiwa (29.15s) took silver and bronze in the event.

Keith Lim, Kevin Yeap, Yeap Zheng Yang and Foong Wei Tze defended Malaysia's gold in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay with a close win over Indonesia. The quartet clocked 7:34:21s to edge Indonesian's Putera Muhammad Randa, Aflah Prawira, Satrio Bagaskara Putra and Triady Fauzi Sidiq (7:34.66s) to the win.

From left, Yeap Zheng Yang, Kevin Yap Soon Choy, Keith Lim Kit Sern and Foong Wei Tze defended Malaysia's gold in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay with a close win over Indonesia at the Asean University Games (AUG) in Sinagpore.

Thailand (L. Peerapat, Jiarapong Sangkawat, Navaphat Wongcharoen, Seree Phansomboon) took the bronze on 7:39.64s. Pencak silat exponents Rosli Mohd Sharif and Mohd Taqiyuddin Mohd won Malaysia's first ever seni doubles gold at the AUG.

The duo's routine scored 569 among the judges, giving them a close victory ahead of Indonesia's Haidir Agung Faletehan-Dede Setiadi who were just six points adrift.

Laos pair Singsouvong Alisack and Amphonh Khounchaleun took the bronze on 554. As expected,

Malaysia settled for bronze in both the men's and women's category of the badminton team event.

Both teams defeated Singapore in the third-place playoff with a 3-2 scoreline for the men and 3-1 for the women.

Malaysia lived up to expectations in the football competition, emerging champions of group 'B' with a 4-0 drubbing of Cambodia thanks to goals from Helmi Hariri Ibrahim, Muhd Naim Mukhtar, Mohd Hazizi Mazuki and Taufiq Mohd Zaki.

They will play either Myanmar or Timor Leste in the final four on Friday. Thailand face Singapore in the other semi-final.

The national contingent have won a total of six gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the games so far, with more expected from the pool as well as the shooting, fencing and athletics events which begin tomorrow.

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