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KUALA LUMPUR: Rhythmic gymnast Thye Chee Kiat needed a strong performance in clubs during the team’s final act to stand a chance of winning a gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR: Samson Vallabouy was just 23 when he broke the men’s 800m SEA Games record, clocking 1:48.29 at the Merdeka Stadium in 1989.And the Perak-born athlete’s record still stands after 31 years – the oldest record in men’s athletics in the biennial Games. Amazingly, Samson was not even a full-time athlete when he set the mark. He was working with Public Bank from 1985-1995.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former national athlete Adi Alifuddin Hussin (pic) is back after three years to keep a vow that he had made to his late coach Mohd Nazar Abdul Rahim
PETALING JAYA: Lim Pek Siah first won the Commonwealth Games women’s doubles title as a player in 2002 and then repeated the feat as a coach in 2018.
KUALA LUMPUR: The next five months is not going to be a walk in the park for Elena Goh Ling Yin (pic) as she will be without any warm-up before the Malaysian Open from Sept 4-7 in Bukit Jalil.
PETALING JAYA: The old adage in sports is that defending a title is harder than winning one.
KUALA LUMPUR: Discus thrower Queenie Ting Kung Ni (pic) is one of the few people who were celebrating on March 18, when the movement control order was enforced.
GENTING HIGHLANDS: A well-rested Lee Chong Wei can’t wait to get cracking in 2020. No, the 37-year-old Malaysian badminton legend is not making a comeback. He has a bigger job now.
PETALING JAYA: Karate exponents Ooi San Hong and Khaw Yee Voon carry Malaysia’s hopes of upholding the country’s good record in the individual kata (non sparring) discipline at the upcoming SEA Games in the Philippines – but it will be easier said than done.
KUALA LUMPUR: Seasoned campaigner Maslina Ahmad Ismail is racing against time to feature in her second SEA Games in the Philippines next month.