Jonathan, Saritha hon­oured at UPM Sports Awards

New Straits Times - - Sport -

JONATHAN Wong and Saritha Cham Nong were crowned as Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia’s (UPM) 2016 Sports­man and Sportswoman of the Year at the 33rd UPM Sports Awards on Wed­nes­day.

Both were un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony as they are in train­ing for Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust.

They re­ceived RM2,000, a tro­phy, a cer­tifi­cate and a watch each.

Last week, na­tional shooter Jonathan, 25, won the gold for the men’s 50m pis­tol at the South­east Asia (SEASA) Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships in Subang, beat­ing 2016 Olympic cham­pion Hoang Xun Vinh of Viet­nam.

Archer Saritha bagged the Sportswoman award for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Last year, Saritha — a bach­e­lor in hu­man science de­vel­op­ment stu­dent — made his­tory along­side Fatin Nur­fate­hah Mat Salleh and Nor Rizah Ishak when they won the World Cup Se­ries for the first time in Shang­hai.

Saritha was also a 2015 Sea Games gold medal­list.

Hockey player Syed Mo­hamad Syafiq Syed Cholan and sprinter Zai­datul Hus­niah Zulk­i­fli and were awarded the Most Promis­ing Male and Fe­male ath­letes.

Zai­datul was dubbed as Malaysia’s fastest woman af­ter she bet­tered the 24-year-old na­tional women’s 100m record with a time of 11.45s at the ASA Speed Se­ries 2 meet in South Africa in March.

The Kedah-born lass also ran in the 2016 Oylmpics on a wild­card en­try and she is ex­pected to spear­head Malaysia’s chal­lenge in the women’s sprints at the Sea Games.

For­mer na­tional ju­niors de­fender Syafiq has made two ap­pear­ances for the se­nior na­tional hockey team, the first at the Four-Na­tion In­vi­ta­tional in Mel­bourne last Novem­ber and at the Sul­tan Azlan Shah Cup in April.

Other awards of the night in­cluded the Sil­ver, Gold, Ded­i­ca­tion and Spe­cial Ap­pre­ci­a­tions Awards as well at the best Col­lege Sports Ath­letes (Male and Fe­male). Farah Azharie

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