Sarawak still in the lead

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State MSSM contingent bag four more golds on day two

LET THE GAMES BEGIN: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin officiates at the opening ceremony of the 53rd Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championship at Stadium Ipoh, Perak on Friday. — Bernama photo

KUCHING: Sarawak captured four more gold and five bronze medals on the second day of the 53rd Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championship in Ipoh, Perak yesterday to retain their lead in the medals table standings.

The golds were contributed by Shirley Lau in the Girls U-12 high jump, Chang Shing Yin in the Girls U-15 high jump, Tiong Mee Yien in the Girls Open hammer throw and Raphael Asun in the Boys U-15 javelin.

The bronze medals came from Annabella Bong in the Girls Open hammer throw, Then Yi Chen in the Girls U-12 high jump, Yong Chian Ru in the Girls U-12 100m, Evelyn Francis in the Girls U-15 100m and Jimmy Benson in the Boys U-12 100m.

At the end of yesterday’s competition, Sarawak have won eight gold, three silver and six bronze medals.

In second place were Kelantan with four golds and three bronzes while Kedah are third with three golds, six silvers and one bronze.

Sabah moved up to fourth place with three golds, four silvers and two bronzes while host Perak are fifth with two golds, two silvers and five bronzes.

“We are quite pleased with today’s medal haul of four golds and if we can maintain this performance until next Tuesday, the championship will be ours,” said MSSS technical and development officer Ting Siew Nguong.

He said the state contingent had set a four-gold target for each day of competition and there were ‘unexpected’ results such as expectations for Boys U-12 athletes to strike gold but ended up with silvers because their opponents were better and faster.

“Thirteen-year-old Evelyn has done well in the Girls U-15 100m as she is racing with older competitors and she will be the one to watch in one or two years’ time,” said Ting.

He hoped that the state athletes could win more gold medals today to pave the way to retaining the championship title. Sarawak were the overall champions in Johor last year after capturing 24 gold, 20 silver and 15 bronze medals at the Larkin Stadium.