KUCHING: State athletes have again done Sarawak and Malaysia proud in the athletics competition at the 6th ASEAN School Games in Marikina, Philippines from Dec 1-3.
They captured a total of four gold, four silver and one bronze medals either individually or in the team events to help the national school athletics team emerge as the overall champions with a medal haul of 15 golds, nine silvers and six bronzes.
Finishing in second spot were Thailand with seven gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals while Vietnam were third with seven gold, three silver and one bronze medals respectively.
Quek Lee Yong from the Sarawak Sports School SMK Tabuan Jaya was the state’s best performer as he clinched three gold medals including two from the team event.
The Sukma XVII medalist clocked 53.23s to win the Boys 400m hurdles ahead of Indonesia’s Muhadir Muhamad (53.35s) and Philippine’s Francis Medina (54.09s).
His other gold medals were from the Boys 4x100m relay with teammates Jonathan Nyepa also from Sarawak, and Badrul Muhamad Azam Masri; and from the Boys 4x400m relay with Badrul Hisham Abdul Manap, Azam and Jonathan.
Quek also raced in the Boys 400m where he was placed sixth with his time of 51.03s.
Queenie Ting Kung Ni ruled in the Girls discus with her throw of 38.83m and completing a
one-two finish for Malaysia was fellow Sarawakian Grace Wong Xiu Mei whose best throw was 38.50m.
Grace Wong picked up another silver in the Girls shot putt with a throw of 11.34m and the gold was won by Areerat Intadis of Thailand whose mark was 12.89m.
Queenie, who only managed a throw of 7.23m in this event, was placed in seventh spot.
Meanwhile, Norris Foo won a gold in the Girls 4x100m relay after the speedy Malaysian quartet clocked 47.35s to beat Thailand (46.86s) and Philippines (48.49).
Norris, who is also from SMK Tabuan Jaya, was fourth in the Girls 100m sprint in 12.34s.
Another upcoming thrower Ting Aik Hou took the bronze in the Boys shot putt with his throw of 15.04m.