SKATER Anja Chong (pic) has a lethal combination of beauty, grace and speed.
And she also keeps her word.
The 23-year-old led Malaysia to end their campaign in grand fashion by claiming three out of the four golds on offer at the Malaysia National Ice Skating Stadium in Empire City in Damansara Perdana yesterday.
Anja got the ball rolling when she fended off a fierce challenge from Singapore’s Cheyenne Goh in the last lap to win the 1,000m race for her second individual title.
Anja, who won the 500m gold on Tuesday, finished the nine-lap contest in 1:48.835 – just ahead of Cheyenne (1:48.907).
Ashley Chin added a bronze for Malaysia after posting 1:49.321.
With barely an hour’s rest, Anja and Ashley were back in the rink to combine with Nor Marissa Alia Ahmad Lokman and See Wan Ni to clinch the women’s 3,000m relay gold.
The quartet completed the 27-lap race in 5:14.649 to defeat Cheyenne-led Singapore by almost four seconds (5:18.122). Indonesia were third in 5:24.052.
Wong De-Vin, Ariff Rasydan Fadzli, Hazim Shahrum and Khairil Ridhwan Khalil capped off a glorious outing for Malaysia in the winter sport’s debut at the SEA Games by emerging victorious in the men’s 3,000m relay – the last event of the KL Games.
It was the Malaysian contingent’s 145th gold medal.
Anja was over the moon after winning all three events she took part in.
“I’m incredibly happy. It’s the best feeling ever!” said Anja.
“It’s really unbelievable.
“But nothing beats the gold that I won with the team. It definitely means the most to me.”
Malaysia also claimed another bronze through Hazim in the men’s 1,000m.
The three golds and two bronzes bagged yesterday helped Malaysia to top the medal tally with six golds and four bronzes (4-0-6) in the ice skating competition.
Singapore came in second with 2-5-1.
Julian Yee and Chew Kai Xiang delivered a gold and bronze in the men’s figure skating last Saturday.
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