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Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 5:13:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 8:57:18 PM

Sailing: Two gold medals in the bag for Malaysia

Mohd Faisal Norizan and Ahmad Shukri Aziz sail away with the International 420 title in the SEA Games after a dominant performance.

Mohd Faisal Norizan and Ahmad Shukri Aziz sail away with the International 420 title in the SEA Games after a dominant performance.

There was double joy at the Ngwe Saung Beach as Malaysia moved closer to the 40-gold medal target at the Myanmar SEA Games with two gold medals in the bag from sailing.

London Olympic sailor Mohd Khairulnizam Affendy confirmed the Laser Standard gold medal after winning both races to claim an unassailable lead over nearest challenger and defending champion Bualonng Keerati of Thailand.

The 20-year-old Khairulnizam, who was fourth at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, has six wins and two second placings out in eight races for 10 points.

His Thai rival has only won twice en route to finishing with a tally of 20 points.

Mohd Faisal Norizan and Ahmad Shukri Aziz have also sailed away with the International 420 title after a dominant performance throughout the eight races so far.

The Malaysian duo chalked up six wins and two second placings for 10 points while their nearest competitors – Wisaka Peerapol-Ponpoon Sitisart – only have one win for 18 points.

Since the two gold medals are already in the bag, the trio have decided not to compete on Friday.

“No matter what happens tomorrow in the final two races, these two gold medals will belong to Malaysia as our sailors cannot be overtaken by the other competitors,” said team manager Mohd Affendy Abdullah, who is also Khairulnizam’s father.

“They have decided to skip tomorrow’s races since they already have unassailable leads.

“We are relieved to have contributed gold medals to Malaysia after returning empty-handed in the last SEA Games in Jakarta two years ago,” said Affendy.

Malaysia only managed one silver and two bronze medals in Jakarta two years ago.

There is also hope for more as Mohd Dhiahuddin is a close second behind Singapore’s Edward Tan in the boys’ Optimist.

“He trails the Singaporean by three points ... it is not over yet.

“Nur Amirah Hamid also has a chance to overtake Singapore’s Elzabeth Yin in the women’s Laser Radial but she needs to win her remaining races,” said Affendy.

A total of 12 gold medals will be given away on the final day of competition on Friday.

Malaysia already have a bronze from the team Optimist earlier.


Tags / Keywords: sailing, SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Nyapidaw, Malaysia, Mohd Khairulnizam Affendy, Mohd Faisal Norizan, Ahmad Shukri Aziz

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