SARAWAK archer Wong Cheng Teck shot his final bow and then glanced at the electronic scoreboard to get the confirmation that his team are the winners of the compound team competition – beating Perak 215-212.
Only then did the burly 20-year-old Cheng Teck shout ‘I’ve done it!’ – after realising he had just chalked up his best results as a state archer since taking up archery six years ago.
Cheng Teck missed the previous Sukma in Malacca two years ago due to his studies but he be will be flying home to Miri as a double gold medallist.
Cheng Teck bagged the individual compound gold on Saturday.
He admitted that the Sarawak team were given a tough fight by the Perak archers – Mohd Hasanuddin Abdul Majid, Zulkifli Mohd Yusof and Abdul Muaz Abdul Razak.
“It was a nervy situation from the first to the third end but the team managed to absorb the pressure well.
“I was struggling to bring out my best right from the preliminary rounds to the semi-finals. Luckily, my team-mates – Lau Ngie Cheon and Allan Ronga Elias – were shooting well and made up for my poor form.
“But I was on fire in the final end. I shot only 9s and 10s and this was what we needed,” said Cheng Teck, who is set for a windfall when he returns home.
The Sarawak government has promised a cash incentive of RM5,000 for the first gold and RM7,000 for the second.
Athletes who win gold in a team event will be paid separately.
“I have not thought of what I’m going to do with the money (from the government) but I know this is my best achievement so far,” said Cheng Teck.
The Sarawak women’s team failed to emulate their male counterparts’ achievement after losing 210-218 to Terengganu in the final.
Penang contested both the men’s and women’s team recurve but lost to Kelantan and Terengganu respectively.
Terengganu emerged overall champions – bagging nine of the 24 gold medals on offer. Penang won five, Kelantan four and Sarawak three.