Yufang gets it going and new faces rake in unexpected golds


  • Other Sport
  • Friday, 12 Dec 2003

IT was a day of many surprises for Malaysia as walker Yuan Yufang set the bravehearts going with a record-setting feat in the 20km walk, winning streets ahead of the second-placed Indonesian. 

And the new names just popped up after that. Mohamed Shahrul Amri Suhaimi, stunned the field, including teammate Mohd Hazuan Zainal to take the long jump gold with a last-gasp 7.65m effort before Malik Tobias made it eight golds in athletics with his decathlon win. 

ACES OF HEARTS: Yuan Yufang, who had undergone treatment for a heart problem, wins hands down in the 20km walk. She had time for a lap of honour and a chat with pressmen before the runner-up came in.

In shooting, Nurul Hudda Baharin had been the one to watch but Ricky Teh was the man on the podium, winning the skeet, an event he claimed has long been overlooked. And in weightlifting, Che Mohd Azrol Che Mat made good where Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim had failed, lifting to gold in the men's above 95kg category. 

The girls of rhythmic gymnastics closed in style, with Durattun Nashihin Rosli winning two more golds to make it four for herself. The Malaysian tally was at 37, just three short of the revised target. And the hosts have gone past the century mark. 

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