Sensational Erika grabs another gold

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GOLDEN DOUBLE: Erika Kong with the second gold she won in the women’s 200m IM at Wisma Belia Swimming Complex yesterday. — Photo by Davidson Kho

IT was mission accomplished for national swimmer Erika Kong as she delivered the second personal gold for the Sarawak contingent at Wisma Belia Swimming Complex yesterday.

Erika, who won the women’s 400m individual medley on Sunday, was simply in a class of her own as she splashed to the women’s 200m individual medley gold in 2:21.40s.

She was only 0.28s off the meet record of 2:21.12s held by Liew Ee Wei of Negeri Sembilan.

Coming in second place was Ong Ming Fen of Kuala Lumpur while Angela Chieng of Sarawak won the bronze.

Erika was the first state athlete to have won two golds in this Sukma and her personal trainer and father Anthony Kong said he was very satisfied with the result.

“I am happy with the two-gold effort by Erika because she has done well eventhough she was tired after competing in so many competitions for the past two months.

She has just returned from the Asean Schools Games in Surabaya, Indonesia last Wednesday and I am glad that she has maintained her consistency although her timing for both events wasn’t perfect.”

Kong said Erika would probably be fielded in the women’s 4x200m relay to help Sarawak win the gold in the event.

Apart from the gold won by Erika yesterday, Sarawak added three more bronzes to their medal tally in swimming.

Welson Sim added a bronze from the men’s 100m freestyle to his 200m freestyle silver won on Sunday while Nita Wong bagged the bronze in the women’s 200m backstroke.

Meanwhile, Sarawak men shuttlers are out of contention for the team gold as they lost 1-4 to Sabah at Stadium Utama SUKPA.

In volleyball, the state men spikers thrashed Kelantan 3-0 to boost their chances of making the last eight.

In Termeloh, Norazimah Abd Rashid’s challenge in the women’s 500m time trial ended in ninth position while Wong Tak Fuk finished 21st in the men’s 500m time trial.

Weightlifter Eric Kana was placed seventh in the men’s 52kg while the women’s hockey team crashed to a 0-5 defeat by Melaka in their second game in Group A.