THE principal of Ipoh Learning and Training Institute won three gold medals at the recent 2018 Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games (APMG).
Thomas Kok competed in the 70-74 age group category and came in first for the 1.5km, 3km and 5km race walk.
“The event is a festival of sports where participants aged 30 and above are entitled to take part, with no qualifying or selection process involved.
“Athletes compete in their own age groups and the categories are divided into competitive, recreation and fun.
“In essence, the games are for everyone, regardless if you are a serious competitor or joining for fun,” Kok said.
Kok added that the games provided a platform as well as an avenue for master athletes to foster friendship, goodwill and chance to challenge themselves to either improve or maintain their performance as they age.
Another outstanding Malaysian master athlete was Rita Thong, also from Ipoh, who participated in the 45-49 age group category and brought back home three gold medals for triple jump, 80m hurdles and the 4x100 relay.
She also won a silver medal in the long jump category.
In the medal tally, India emerged champion with 76 gold medals, followed by Malaysia (67 golds), Russia (50 golds), Japan (31 golds) and Hong Kong coming in fifth (28 golds).
Penang was the first state in the world to recognise the multisport in the APMG meet, featuring 21 sports at various venues over nine days, involving more than 5,500 athletes from 64 countries.
The organisation of APMG is similar to the World Masters Games that is held once every four years.
The next meet is in Kansai, Japan in 2021.
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