Son of former cook finds right recipe for sailing gold

Sweet taste of success : Fauzi Kaman Shah posing with the gold medal in the Laser 4.7 Open category.

A FORMER cook’s son, Fauzi Kaman Shah, found the right recipe to splash his way to the Asian Games gold in sailing.

And the 15-year-old has his mother Hasni Muham­mad to thank for it.

Yesterday, the sun-baked teenager became the youngest medal winner for the Malaysian contingent in Indonesia after a commanding performance in the Laser 4.7 Open category.

Fauzi won the 12th and final race held in choppy waters at Ancol Beach yesterday to clinch Malaysia’s sixth gold medal at the Asian Games.

He finished with 20 points ahead of China’s Wang Jianxiong.

Jianxiong, who started third in the final race, took silver with 42 points while India’s Harshita Tomar settled for bronze with 42 points.

Asiad debutant Fauzi said he owes his success to his mother.

“My mother worked as a cook at the national sailing centre when I was small,” said the pint-sized Fauzi, who picked up sailing when he was only eight.

“She pushed me to train and guided me to who I am today.”

And as an appreciation of his mother’s support, the Langkawi-born Fauzi wants to send her, a single parent, to perform the umrah in Mecca when he receives the RM80,000 reward under the National Sports Council (NSC) incentive scheme.

“I’m grateful to my mum and I plan to take her to Mecca.

“I thank my mother for the support.”

A boy of few words, Fauzi surely let his result speak for itself.

He won seven out of the 12 races held and was assured of the gold even two days before the final race.

“I’m happy to win this tough competition on Merdeka Day. It’s a good experience for me as this is my first Asian Games and I look forward to more,” said Fauzi.

Now, all eyes will be on Fauzi when he goes for his next assignment at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Ipoh from Sept 11-22.

Fauzi’s triumph yesterday makes him the fourth Malaysian gold medallist in Asian Games sailing history after Ryan Tan (boys’ Optimist in Hiroshima 1994), Rufina Tan (girls’ Optimist in Doha 2006) and Faizal Norizan-Syukri Abdul Aziz (men’s 420 class in Incheon 2014).

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