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Brunei athletics team win three gold at Sabah Open

Md Asy Syafi’e Md Bohari won two gold medals at the 63rd Sabah Open Track and Field Championships in Kota Kinabalu recently. Picture: Courtesy of Md Asy Syafi'e Md Bohari


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - IT WAS a good outing for the Brunei athletics team after returning from the recently concluded 63rd Sabah Open Track and Field Championships with a haul of three gold, three silver and three bronze medals. The result placed Brunei — represented by 35 athletes — fifth overall out of 47 teams at the Sept 9-10 competition, which saw around 700 athletes compete.

Md Asy Syafi’e Md Bohari was the best performer for the sultanate with two gold medals to his name at the Likas Sports Complex in Kota Kinabalu.

He finished at the top of the podium in the men’s 100m event with a time of 10.85 seconds in the final, beating Eddie Edward Jr of Montana KK on 10.93s.

Another Bruneian, Md Nur Firdaus Ar-Rasyid Hj Idris, claimed the bronze a further 0.02s back.

Md Asy Syafi’e then teamed up with Md Nur Firdaus, Md Faaizul Abdullah and Md Ammar Safwan Hj Zaidin to win the 4x100m event.

They set up a photo finish with a time of 42.3s to cross the line ahead of Tawau TNF and Axis Petra Jaya Kuching by 0.01s intervals.

Md Asy Syafi’e felt that it was a difficult outing but was pleased to clinch the gold in the 100m event.

“I wasn’t expecting to win the coveted gold medal in the 100m because there were a lot of competitors and the best from Sabah were very strong,” said Md Asy Syafi’e in an interview with The Brunei Times on Wednesday.

“Despite not being able to break my own personal best time in the 100m event, I’m quite happy with my achievement so far.

“It was really tough because of the number of heats that we had to run in one day, from 2pm till late evening,” he added.

“Personally I felt that I didn’t perform as well as I wanted because I was too exhausted by the time I made it to the finals, including the 4x100m relay.

“I was targeting three events (with 200m being the other) but upon seeing the race schedule, I decided to focus on just two events and I think I made the right decision. I’m saving the best for another upcoming competition overseas where I hope to clock a much better time. That’s my own personal target,” continued Md Asy Syafi’e.

Leong Sheo Yee won the other gold medal for the sultanate after triumphing in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:34.9.

She also delivered a silver medal in the women’s 1500m event after clocking 5:30.90s to finish just behind Eyeliah Rubidi of POD Ranau Uniteam. Md Nur Firdaus won the silver after placing second in the men’s 200m event with a time of 21.2s. Mohamad Arif Zulhilmi Alet of Axis PJ won the race on 21.0s while Shahrimien Saimoh of Tawau TNF completed the podium on 21.5s. The other silver was courtesy of Ak Md Syhiruddin Pg Hj Tengah in the men’s 800m event after he clocked a time of 2:08.7.

Mohd Farhan Mulyidiy Mohamed of Axis PJ was placed third despite being credited with the same time.

Ak Md Syahiruddin also managed a bronze in the men’s 1500m with a time of 4:39.8s

Last but not least, the other bronze medal was won by Amal Mahnesah Genral in the women’s javelin after she managed a throw of 19.9m.

Sports School Malaysia Sabah claimed top honours in the tournament with a haul of 15 gold, 12 silver and six bronze medals.

POD Ranau Uniteam were second with 11 gold, four silver and seven bronze medals while Tawau TNF completed the top-three with five gold, two silver and three silver medals.

- Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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