Sabah bag seven golds at Friend­ship Games

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT - By Ar­fandi Jaa­far

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah bagged seven gold medals at the on­go­ing 10th BIMPNTEAGA Friend­ship Games in Brunei, this week­end.

Track and field ath­letes dom­i­nated the scene by win­ning five on Fri­day, while karatekas added two more yes­ter­day for an­other glit­ter­ing out­ing on the penul­ti­mate day.

Sabah won both gold medals in the Team Kata events.

The gold medals came from Cleve­lence Car­los, Mohd Azhad Haziq Henry and Nu­raliff Rudzee Ru­zlee (men’s team) and Vell­carol­lyne Au­gus­tine, Es­ther Bell Siaw Tze Ling and Alexan­dra Jacklya Dak­ius in the women’s team.

Solid per­for­mances in the 100m fi­nals, shot put and 4x100m re­lays gave Sabah five gold medals two days ago.

Back-to-back wins in the re­lay fi­nals saw Sabah clock 42.66s for the men’s crown and 49.48s in the women’s race.

South Su­lawesi took sil­ver in 43.71s in the men’s cat­e­gory and North­ern Ter­ri­tory won the bronze in 42.81s. The women’s sil­ver went to South Su­lawesi in 50.79s, while Palawan took the bronze in 51.86s.

There was an­other dou­ble in track events as Des­mon Wong Tzyy Luen and Chelsea Cas­sio­pea Evali topped the podium in the men’s and women’s blue riband events.

Sabah’s pride soared when Des­mon clocked 11.28s in the men’s race, while Chelsea fin­ished in 12.35s to clinch the women’s crown.

The other gold medal came from Nobe­necka Pi­nalus in women’s shot put. Nobe­necka threw to a dis­tance of 10.88m to oust near­est ri­vals Sitti Nurhay­ati Md Je­fry from Brunei (9.85m) and Nur Athi­rah Aliah Ali Omar from Labuan (9.85m).

It could have been an­other gold medal in the men’s 400m fi­nal but Isa­iah Ng Jian Lung set­tled for sil­ver in 50.97s after Jhon Llyod Ca­balo of Palawan won the gold in a time of 50.14s. Nurhi­dayat Yusuf from South Su­lawesi won the bronze in 51.29s.

An­other sil­ver medal came from Mar­lin Hing Wil­liam in the women’s 1,500m fi­nal. Su­lawesi run­ners won the gold and bronze medals.

Sabah also won bronze in the women’s 400m through Pu­teri Nur Safi­rah Ga­jali in 1:02.22s. Jes­sel Lumpas from Pal­wan won the gold in 57.47s, while Nur­fadil­lah Mulyadi from South Su­lawesi bagged the sil­ver in 1:00.71s.

The Brunei, In­done­sia, Malaysia, Philip­pines, North­ern Ter­ri­tory-East Asian Growth Area Games con­cludes to­day. Re­sults are ac­cu­rate at press time.

SABAH karatekas show off their gold medals after win­ning the men’s and women’s team kata events.

GOLDEN QUAR­TET: (L-R) Easter Joanne, Chelsea, Pu­teri and Feova Lim are all smiles after win­ning gold for Sabah in the 4x100m re­lay.

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