From Nursyabiha Sukri
PALEMBANG, Dec 18 (Bernama) — Adi Alifuddin Hussin and Muhammad Hakimi Ismail contributed two more gold medals to the Malaysian athletics team competing in the 17th Asean University Games (AUG), here today.
Adi who was in a class of his own, retained the shot put gold medal for the fourth consecutive edition, at the Jakabaring Stadium, after registering a distance of 16.60m to beat closest rival Thawat Khachin from Thailand who managed 16.37m while another Malaysian, Mohamad Alif Hanif Mohd Afandi, took the bronze medal with a throw of 14.39m.
“I had just started training under a new coach, Malik Tobias, three weeks ago. Overall I am happy to have defended the gold medal. The Thai athlete is a strong contender but I heard he is injured so I guess it was my lucky day,” said Adi who had won gold medals in Kuala Lumpur (2008), Chiangmai, Thailand (2010) and Vientiane, Laos (2012).
Apart from Adi, lanky Hakimi also managed to defend the triple jump gold medal that he had won in Laos, with a distance of 16.28m, to beat Thailand’s Kongnil Varunyoo (16.08m).
Hakimi who was hoping to overcome the 16.44m National record that he had set during the Myanmar SEA Games was disappointed for not being able to erase his own mark.
Apart from the two gold medals, the Malaysian athletics team also added three silver medals from the women’s 100m hurdles, 4x400m relay and men’s 4x400m relay and a bronze from the women’s 4x100m relay.
Raja Nursheena Raja Azhar contributed the first silver from the women’s 100m hurdles while the quartet of Nurulassikin Mohd Rashid, Saidatul Izzati Suhaimi, Zaidatul Husnia Zulkifli and Nurul Faizah Asma Mazlan added the second while Anchois Aron, Mohd Fairol Nazim Mohd Noor, S. Kannathasan and Mohamad Arif Zulhilmi Alet accounted for the third silver.
Malaysia has picked up seven gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals from track and field competitions.