IT has been fantastic to see that Sarawakian athletes continue to shine at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia.
Malaysia’s first medal came from Bintulu pair Ahmady Radi and Morren Urai Lian, who won the bronze on their games debut at Jakarta’s Gor Popki Taekwondo Sports Hall.
The pair scored 7.73 points in their taekwondo poomsae (pattern) mixed event routine. They only began working together this year, which makes the victory even sweeter!
Our divers are also doing the State and country proud. Bryan Nickson Lomas won the gold in the men’s 3m springboard synchro along with partner Yeoh Ken Nee.
The pair managed a six-dive total of 392.31 points, clearly outclassing Nino Crog-Jaime Asok of the Philippines (342.99 points) and Indonesia’s Andriyan Andriyan-Ahmad S. Jamjami (332.40 points), who took the silver and bronze respectively.
The icing on the cake from yesterday was probably when Sarawak’s Traisy Vivien Tukiet secured her first SEA Games gold medal partnering with Leong Mun Yee in the women’s 10m platform synchronised final.
The 17-year-old managed to maintain her composure wonderfully as the crowd jeered each time the pair dived.
According to The Star’s report, Traisy did not flinch and remained calm as she and the experienced Mun Yee came out tops with 306.66 points.
The Indonesians, who won the silver, only managed 268.62 points, while the bronze medal winners from Myanmar only scored 155.73 points.
Traisy has apparently dedicated her medal to her parents – Tukiet Jen and Nila Jinggot.
“My mother wanted me to be as good as Bryan Nickson Lomas. She didn’t even allow me to stop training and always advised me to listen to the coaches,” she is reported as saying.
Syabas anak Sarawak!
Other Sarawakians representing the country at the SEA Games are diving superstar Pandelela Rinong; Bibiana Ng (shooting); Loh Jack Chang, Diana Bong and Kimberly Goh (wushu); Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana and Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore (bowling); hammer throwerJackie Wong; Ambrose Jilom (sprinter); Mohd Jironi Reduan (athletics); Mohd Kaharuddin Ashah (archery); Kenny Daglish David (canoeing); Kimberly Yap and Junaidah Juss (cycling); Chai Kian Beng (table tennis); Heidi Gan and Vernon Lee (open water); as well as Luk Teng Kee and Luk Teck Hua (volleyball).