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Sarawakians show their class at 26th SEA Games

SARAWAKIAN sportspeople continue to show their class at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia.

Our diving queen Pandelela Rinong Pamg bagged the final gold for diving in the 10m platform individual with 342.90 points yesterday. Fantastic stuff especially since the crowd at the Jakabaring Aquatics Centre were apparently rather hostile.

If Pandelela is our diving queen, then Bryan Nickson Lomas must be the king. On Tuesday, he won the gold for the 10m platform individual with 500.80 points — his personal best score.

This latest gold means he has ruled the event for four successive SEA Games — Manila 2005, Korat 2007 and Laos 2009.

Let’s not forget that Traisy Vivien Tukiet secured her first SEA Games gold medal partnering with Leong Mun Yee in the women’s 10m platform synchronised final on Monday.

Sarawak is really showing the way as a diving powerhouse. Well done!

Also doing Sarawak — and Malaysia — proud were our keglers Jacqueline Sijore, 19, and Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Abang Jamalidon, 20.

Jacqueline and her partner Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi secured Malaysia’s first gold medal in bowling by taking down 2,463 pins overall.

Dayang Khairuniza, who was a last minute addition after champ Esther Chia was injured, proved that she was the right person to call on when she downed 2,413 pins together with Sharon Koh to win the bronze in the same event.

Syabas Anak Sarawak!

How The Star covered it:

Bryan bags fourth straight win in 10m platform event in Games

PALEMBANG: Bryan Nickson Lomas was a class above his rivals as he swept to victory in the men’s 10m platform individual for Malaysia’s fifth diving gold medal at the Jakabaring Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Bryan amassed a total of 500.80 points after the sixth and final attempt as he led team-mate Ooi Tze Liang to a second Malaysian one-two sweep for the day.

Tze Liang did not do well in his first attempt but recovered to nail the silver for Malaysia with 445.25 points ahead of Indonesia’s Nasrullah Mohamad (420.85).

It was Bryan’s fourth successive gold medal on the high board after Manila 2005, Korat 2007 and Laos 2009 but there was much more satisfaction on this occasion as he breached the 500-point barrier for the first time.

“I’m satisfied with my performance. I dived without any pressure and was confident of winning the gold as my difficulties were the highest in the field,” said 21-year-old Bryan, who will now concentrate on polishing his technique ahead of the London Olympics next year.

Bryan has made the cut for the 3m springboard individual for the Olympics but has set his sights on qualifying for the 10m platform as well from the World Cup in London next February.

The final day of competition today will see Yeoh Ken Nee and Pandelela Rinong aiming to win their respective individual men’s 3m springboard and women’s 10m platform to give diving an impressive sweep of seven out of the eight gold medals contested.

The reports from Bernama:

Pandelela rounds off diving competition in style

PALEMBANG: Pandelela Rinong Pamg provided the icing on the cake for the Malaysian diving contingent when she snatched the final gold on offer in diving at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia today.

Not only did Pandelela win the gold, the 18-year-old also silenced the partisan crowd who had come in droves to see the diving action at the Jakabaring Aquatics Centre here, with an impressive score of 342.90 points overall in the 10m platform individual.

“Today I just did my normal diving because the competition here is not so stiff. I did not even need to go for a higher DD (degree of difficulty).

“However, I was not satisfied with my third and fourth dives. I encountered some problems as I was making my plunge,” she said.

Besides Pandelela’s gold, SEA Games debutant Kam Ling Kar also won a silver for Malaysia in the same event.

“Obviously, I am no match for Pandelela,” said Kam, a double gold medallist in diving in the Malaysia Games.

Malaysia’s final tally in diving here was seven gold, three silver and a bronze. — BERNAMA

SEA GAMES: Women’s Pairs Secure First Gold In Bowling

From Ahmad Erwan Othman

JAKARTA, Nov 16 (Bernama) — Jacqueline Sijore-Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi secured Malaysia’s first gold medal in bowling on the second day of the event in the SEA Games in Indonesia at the Jaya Ancol bowling centre here Wednesday.

Not only that, their compatriots Sharon Koh-Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Abang Jamalidon who downed 2,413 pins, took the bronze medal for Malaysia’s second bronze in the bowling competition.

Jacqueline-Zandra faced a keen challenge from Daphne Tan-Cherie Tan from Singapore but prevailed by seven pins. The Malaysians downed 2,463 pins overall.

Jacqueline, 19, who is from Sarawak, said she knew the Singaporeans would be “hot to handle”.

“Our consistency gave us the edge,” she said.

For Zandra Aziela, it was sweet revenge as Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane had to play bridesmaid to her Singaporean open in the women’s individual event and settle for the silver Tuesday.

“It great to defend our Korat SEA Games gold in this event,” she said.

In the Korat Games in Thailand in 2007, Ester Cheah-Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani grabbed the gold in the women’s pairs.

Malaysia went on to become bowling champions in Korat after capturing four gold, three silver and six bronze.

Bowling was not contested at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos.

As for Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana, who stood in for Esther as the latter is nursing an ankle injury, winning a bronze put her on cloud nine as this is her debut in the SEA Games.

— BERNAMA

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