KUCHING: Penang have added two more gold medals to emerge as the biggest winners – with a tally of 7-1-4 – as the curtains came down on the karate competition at the Miri City Stadium.
Kumite (combat) exponents Chew Han Tiong and Thor Sin De defended their gold medals in the men’s below 84kg and women’s 68kg and above categories.
Han Tiong overcame Muhd Shahrul Imran’s challenge in the final, while Sin De had to be at her best to defeat Sabah’s Celine Grace in the title bout.
Their efforts enabled Penang to emerge as the runaway overall champions in karate for the second consecutive Sukma.
In Perlis two years ago, Penang also topped the karate medal standings with an 8-1-5 finish.
Besides Han Tiong and Sin De, H. Priyashankari was also successful in her title defence in the kumite women’s below 45kg category on Wednesday.
Penang’s other gold medals were won by the kata (non-combat) exponents, who swept all the four events.
Negri Sembilan, whose exponents failed to get on the podium during the opening two days, finally came good on Thursday to deliver two golds.
R. Vicknesh broke the duck for Negri when he prevented A. Levenesswaran from delivering yet another gold for Penang in the men’s below 75kg category final.
A. Somanroy then doubled Negri’s gold tally with a cool performance to defeat Selangor’s M. Pavithiran in the men’s 84kg and above category final.
With Shahrul and Pavithiran both falling at the final hurdles, it was left to S. Khasvini to deliver Selangor’s sole gold medal of the day. The 21-year-old defeated Sabah’s Audrey Jaypus in the women’s below 68kg category final.