Beyond expectations

GYMNASTICS, fencing, table tennis and kabaddi were the sports which performed beyond expectations for Selangor in the recent Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Malacca.

The Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) deputy director Leong Theng Choon said the four sports had delivered more gold medals than the targets set.

In the Sukma, artistic gymnastics were expected to win three gold medals but won two more. Fencing was also impressive and dominated the Sukma by winning five gold medals. Their target was only one gold medal.

Rhythmic gymmastics also contributed one more than the three targeted.

Table tennis was not expected to win any gold medals but the Selangor paddlers rose to the occasion and won two.

Selangor also won both the men and women’s gold medals for kabaddi, which was making its debut in Sukma.

In artistic gymnastics, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi won three individual gold medals while Elaine Koon also bagged three individual gold medals in rhythmic gymnastics..

Elaine also won a gold medal as a member of the Selangor team.

Selangor’s gold medals in table tennis came in the mixed doubles (Chee Kien Ee-Thin Hie Phin) and women’s doubles (Lim Ann Er- Thin Hie Phin).

Karate had promised one gold medal but won two through R. Loganeshaa Rao and S. Senthilkumaran.

The MSNS, in their bid to regain the overall title which they lost to Terengganu in 2008, had set targets for each of the 33 sports they took part in the Sukma.

“We were quite fair to them. They were given the privilege to set the targets based on their training programme and progress of the athletes. Based on the feedback, we had expected to win between 55 and 58 gold medals,’’ said Theng Choon.

Unfortunately, Selangor were unable to wrest the overall title from Terengganu who won 47 gold, 30 silver and 43 bronze medals. They finished second overall by winning 43 gold, 43 silver and 58 bronze medals.

Although they finished second in the medal tally, they won the highest number of medals. They won a total 144 medals.

Cycling, lawn bowls, optimist sailing. weightlifting, equestrian, shooting and golf were some of the sport that failed to meet the targets set.

Theng Choon said they were also disappointed with national athletes who did not perform in their respective events.

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