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Stars of the SEA Games


One of Malaysia's youngest multiple gold medal winners at the Singapore SEA Games, Muhd Fauzi Kaman Shah who won two golds in sailing. - FAIHAN GHANI/ The STAR

One of Malaysia's youngest multiple gold medal winners at the Singapore SEA Games, Muhd Fauzi Kaman Shah who won two golds in sailing. - FAIHAN GHANI/ The STAR

The HITS

OOI TZE LIANG (Diving) (pic, below)
He arrived in Singapore focused on completing what he failed to achieve in Myanmar two years ago. The 21-year-old from Penang missed out on the 10m platform gold after a surprise defeat by team-mate Muhd Nazreen Abdullah. This time, the composed Tze Liang took both individual and synhro titles for springboard and platform to become the first Malaysian male diver to sweep all four titles at the SEA Games.

 

FATIN NURFATEHAH MAT SALLEH (Archery)
Malaysia’s 24-year-old top women’s compound archer proved that her bronze medal win at the World Cup in Shanghai in May was no flash in the pan by shooting down three golds from the individual, team and mixed team events. 

MOHD HAKIMI ISMAIL (Athletics)
THE triple jumper made heads turn with a new Games record in Singapore. He failed to qualify for the Games but became a hero after winning the gold with a personal best jump of 16.76m to erase the previous record of 16.67m set by Nguyen Van Hung of Vietnam in Myanmar two years ago. 

RAFIQ ISMAIL (Bowling)
THE teenager blazed the lanes with three golds and a silver. He won the men’s singles gold and then picked up two more golds in the men’s trios with Ahmad Muaz Fishol and Timmy Tan as well as the team-of-five event together with Adrian Ang and Alex Liew. 

TAN ING YUEH (Artistic Gymnastics)
THE Malacca-born gymnast hit the jackpot in Singapore. She and team-mates Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, Tracie Ang, Lavinia Raymund, Nur Eli Ellina Azmi and Siti Nur Bahirah Ahmad won the women’s team event. She was placed seventh in the individual all-around finals but bounced back to win the uneven bars gold. 

NUR AYUNI FARHANA ABDUL HALIM (Shooting) (pic, above)
THE Pahang shooter capped her best outing with a 1-3-1 haul – gold in the women’s 50m rifle three positions individual event and silvers in the 10m air rifle team, 50m rifle prone team and 50m rifle three positions team events. The bronze came in the 10m air rifle individual event. 

PHEE JINQ EN (Swimming) (pic, below)
THE 17-year-old swimmer upstaged her more fancied and physically stronger team-mate Christina Loh in the women's 100m breaststroke. The United States based Christina is the defending champion but she faded out after the half-way mark and eventually finished fifth. Jinq En retained the gold for Malaysia and won silver in 50m breaststroke. 

MUHD FAUZI KAMAN SHAH (Sailing)
The pint-sized Fauzi, who turns 13 on Nov 20, completed a double in the boys' optimist sailing event – winning the individual and team events at the National Sailing Centre. 

AALIYAH YOONG HANIFAH (Waterski)
A LOT was expected from this 11-year-old and she duly delivered in style, breaking the Games record for tricks four days in a row. Aaliyah was unmatched in tricks but winning the overall gold medal is a real achievement since she had to perform well in the slalom and jump events – both of which are not her pet events. 

GOH JIN WEI (badminton)
THE 15-year-old had a smashing outing in Singapore winning a silver and a bronze medal. She played a huge part in the team event, saving Malaysia from an unexpected loss to Vietnam. She then went on to beat second seed Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand in the singles quarter-finals to secure an individual bronze in her Games debut.

The MISSES

KHAIRUL ANUAR MOHD (Archery) 
THE former world No. 3 has been on the decline of late, but he’s undoubtedly still the one to beat in this region. As the clear favourite, Khairul suffered a shocking 7-1 loss to unheralded Singaporean Tan Si Lie in the recurve quarter-finals. His team-mate Haziq Kamaruddin, made the final but crumbled under pressure as Malaysia surrendered their supremacy in the men’s individual event for the first time since the 2005 Manila Games. Khairul did lead his team-mates – Haziq and Muhd Ikram Joni – to retain the team title by beating Indonesia 5-4. 

GOH V SHEM-TAN WEE KIONG (Badminton)
AS the nation's top men's doubles pair, you would expect them to play a bigger role at the Games. Instead, the world No. 17 pair flopped big time. Their failure to deliver a point (losing to Angga Pratama-Ricky Karanda Suwardi) in the men’s team event have cost the team dearly as Malaysia went down 3-2 to arch-rivals Indonesia in the semi-finals. The Commonwealth Games gold medallists also found the going tough in the individual event as they were sent packing by another Indonesian pair Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the first round.

   

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