State athletes off target on penultimate day
by Ting Tieng Hee, email@example.com. Posted on July 16, 2012, Monday
KUANTAN: Sarawak aimed for seven gold medals on the second last day of competition in Sukma XV yesterday but they were way off the target and ended up with only one gold to bring their bullion tally to only 41 so far.
The state men archers delivered the only gold yesterday by winning the 50m compound (Olympic Round) team event by collecting 215 points at POLISAS shooting range.
Their women counterparts did not come away empty-handed as they fi nished second in the 50m recurve team (Olympic Round) team event with 210 points.
“I am satisfi ed with the team’s overall performance because we have not only achieved our target of three golds but also improved on our overall medals collection by one silver more than the previous Sukma in Melaka,” chief coach Chong Yap Lee said.
In Melaka, Sarawak won three gold, two silver and three bronze medals but this year, they fi nished third overall with a total of three golds, three silvers and three bronzes in the three-day event that ended yesterday.
Terengganu finished as the overall champions with nine golds, two silvers and four bronzes.
Chong said out of the three golds won, the two won by Wong Cheng Teck and Cheryl Rudang Goh Pei Loke on Saturday were in fact ‘surprise’ golds.
“We targeted to win the three golds through the individual events on the fi rst day but we only got silver and bronze,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state petanque team is hoping to add more medals to its collection of one gold, one silver and two bronzes today as they have made it to the quarterfinals of the men’s and women’s team events.
Team manager Yazit Belon said the success in defeating Kuala Lumpur in the group matches yesterday has given the state players the chance to win more medals.
The state gymnasts failed to shine yesterday in the team rhythmic gymnastics after crashing out of the individual ball, hoop, ribbon and clubs categories.
Roni Tan and Lai Zing Neng failed to win the men’s doubles badminton bronze after losing 1- 2 to Tan Wee Tat and Teo Ee Yi of Johor in the play-off match at SUKPA Indoor Stadium.
As at 7:45pm yesterday, Terengganu maintained their leading position on the medals table with 58 golds, 23 silvers and 30 bronzes.
Their closest rivals are Selangor with 47 golds, 49 silvers and 55 bronzes while hosts Pahang are third with 44 golds, 36 silvers and 37 bronzes.
Sarawak looked set to fi nish in fourth with 41 golds, 30 silvers and 35 bronzes.