KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 (Bernama) — Hosts Malaysia collected five gold, eight silver and three bronze medals on the first day of the 10th South-East Asian (SEA) Youth Athletics Championships in Bukit Jalil Saturday.
Malaysia obtained five gold medals through the mens’ high jump, mens’ 800m and 100m, women’s long jump and 100m women steeplechase.
With five gold medals, Malaysia are second in the overall medal chart behind Thailand who leads the chart.
Thailand won six gold medals, one silver and three bronze medals while Vietnam are in third wioth two gold medals, three silver and four bronze medals.
The best Malaysian athlete was Intan Sarah Zulgafli,16, who succeeded in adding one gold medal for Malaysia via the girls 100m hurdles and won a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay.
Intan said despite winning medals in three events, she was still dissatisfied with her achievement in the events.
“I could not overcome my personal record in the girls’ 100m hurdles, my previously record was 14.73s, during the Malaysian Open athletics championships held recently.
“Today, in the same event, I could only post 14.87s,” she told reporters when met at the NSC, here.
Intan said she could not meet the target set as the high fence was higher compared to other championships and during training session.
“I hope to continue to improve and try to achieve at least 13.9s, to qualify for the SEA Games in Singapore this June.
“There are several championship I need to participate to qualify for the SEA Games, representing the country is a priority, it will be a challenging as I need to compete with other high performance at athletes,” she said.
Intan said she is determined to contribute one more medal for the second day tomorrow through the womens’ 4x400m relay event.