Two more golds for Sabah sports team

The women’s quartet of Sabah celebrate their victory in the 4x100m. – Photo via Facebook/Kementerian Belia Dan Sukan Sabah

KUALA LUMPUR (September 17): The women of Sabah led the way by winning two gold medals in the evening session of the 20th Malaysia Games (Sukma) today.

The outstanding feat of Hizillawanty Jamain and the state women’s 4x100m saw Sabah finish the penultimate day of athletics with three gold medals after Andre Anura Anuar won the first in the men’s triple jump the morning.

In all, Sabah athletics collected six gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Unheralded Hizillawanty sparked the loudest cheers among Sabah fans at Bukit Jalil National Stadium when she won the women’s 800m, helping to achieve the team‘s goal of five gold medals.

She clocked 2:12.83s to beat the duo of Johor S. Geetha and J. Padhmaloshini, who were timed at 2:14.36s and 2:14.90s.

Sabah fans were celebrating again about 50 minutes later when the national team won the gold medal in the women’s 4x100m. The teams include Patronella Lisong, Feova Lim Yi Fei, Chelsea Cassiopea Evali Bopulas and Nur Aishah Rofina Aling as well as reserves Camellia Jasten and Esther Joanne Ailos.

Patronella, Feova, Chelsea and Nur Aishah raced through the final in 46.84 seconds to stun defending champions Terengganu who settled for silver in 47.42 seconds. Pahang finished third in 47.89 seconds.

“We were quite confident from the start but at the same time we didn’t take our opponents lightly, especially Terengganu.

“We didn’t know the strength of each team because there were no semi-finals… the race went straight to the final.

“The most important thing is that we did our best and we are very happy with the gold,” Nur Aishah said when contacted.

“Having finished with a silver medal (in the 4x100m at Perak Sukma 2018), I’m really happy to have finally won a gold medal…it was a first for me”, added Nur Aishah, who also won a silver medal in the women’s 100m on Friday.

As for Chelsea, it was their second gold in the current Sukma after winning the women’s 400m also on Friday.

Meanwhile, Marlin Hing William who was one of the gold hopefuls had to settle for a silver medal in the women’s 5000m.

Marlin clocked 19:24.33s to finish behind gold medalist from Johor, Puspa Letchumi Jaintherat, in 18:50.03s while bronze went to Margreat Mary K. Johnson of Perak in 19:24.92s.

The final day of track and field competition tomorrow will see another 13 gold medals up for grabs.

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