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Published: Monday February 24, 2014 MYT 9:50:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 24, 2014 MYT 9:52:40 PM

Malaysia sail to five golds in Doha

PETALING JAYA: The Afendy siblings – Khairulnizam (pic) and Khairunneeta – kept the Malaysian flag flying high after they won their respective Olympic disciplines in the renowned Sail the Gulf Regatta in Doha.

It was a productive outing for Malaysia as they won five golds and one silver.

Khairulnizam, the Myanmar SEA Games gold medallist, stamped his mark in the Laser Standard by winning nine out of the 10 races. A total of 21 sailors took part in the event, which ended on Sunday.

Younger sister Khairunneeta, who is 18, made it a double joy by winning the Laser Radial event with a consistent display. Khairunneeta, who represented Malaysia at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, was victorious in four out of the 10 races.

The Myanmar SEA Games gold medal winning pair of Mohd Faisal Norizan-Ahmad Shukri Aziz dominated in the International 420 by winning nine out of the 10 races while Moh Akiyuddin Mat Zaki-Mohammad Hafizuddin Mazelan won six out of 10 races to finish ahead of team-mates Khairunnisa Afendy-Norashikin Sayed in the 470 Class.

The fifth Malaysian gold came from Dhiauddin Rozaini in the Optimist. Dhaiuddin, who took silver in his SEA Games debut in Myanmar, finished ahead of compatriot Naquib Eiman Shahrin.

Khairulnizam, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, and Khairunneeta are seen by the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) as among the medal hopefuls for the Incheon Asian Games later this year.

Sailing last delivered a gold through Rufina Tan in the girls’ Optimist in Doha in 2006.

Tags / Keywords: Khairulnizam Afendy, sailing, doha, laser, optimist

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