WIN­NER AGAIN

Chong Wei takes the SAM Award for a sec­ond time

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THREE-time Olympic sil­ver medal­list Lee Chong Wei was yes­ter­day crowned as best ath­lete for the sec­ond time at the Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (SAM)-100PLUS Awards 2016.

The 35-year-old won the award ahead of div­ing duo Pan­delela Ri­nong-Cheong Jun Hoong, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (bad­minton), Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (bad­minton), Az­izul­hasni Awang (cy­cling), Mohd Al-Juf­feri Ja­mari (silat) and Moto3 rider Khairul Id­ham Pawi.

Chong Wei pre­vi­ously won the award in 2008, the same year he bagged his first sil­ver medal at the Bei­jing Olympics.

Apart from win­ning the sil­ver medal at the Rio Olympics last year, Chong Wei also won the Malaysia Mas­ters, Malaysia Open, Asia Bad­minton Cham­pi­onships and Ja­pan Open.

Mo­hamad Ridzuan Mo­hamad Puzi won the in­au­gu­ral Best Par­a­lympic Ath­lete award for his feat in clinch­ing Malaysia’s first gold medal at the Rio Par­a­lympic Games in the men’s 100m (T36) race.

The Perlis-born sprinter also won gold at the IPC Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in China and Asia Ocea­nia.

Both Chong Wei and Ridzuan re­ceived a tro­phy and RM10,000 each from Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

Diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri, 17, was named Best Young Ath­lete fol­low­ing her con­sis­tent show­ing through­out 2016, which also earned her a spot in the women’s 10m plat­form event at the Rio Games.

The Na­tional Silat Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysia (PESAKA) re­ceived the Dy­namic Sports As­so­ci­a­tion award while Bukit Jalil Sports School’s Me­gat Syafique Syazwan Mohd Khairul won the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry League best player award.

PIC BY YAZIT RAZALI

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi presents Lee Chong Wei the SAM award for the best ath­lete in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. Look­ing on are Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din and SAM pres­i­dent Ah­mad Khawari Isa.

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