Women quartet blaze track with gold medal in Taiwan

KUALA LUMPUR: The women’s 4x100m team have handed Malaysia a golden finish in the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships.

Source: Women quartet blaze track with gold medal in Taiwan

By Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: The women’s 4x100m team have handed Mala­ysia a golden finish in the Taiwan Open Athletics Champion­ships.

The quartet of Siti Fatima Mohamad, Zaidatul Husniah Zul­kifli, Nurul Faizah Asma Mazlan and S. Komalam Shally clocked 45.53 to win Malaysia’s only gold on the second and last day of the meet in Taipei on Friday.

The Malaysians did well to finish almost a second faster than the Taiwanese quartet of Zheng Xiu Tang, Lin Xing Yi, Liu Ting Yu and Huang Shih-han, who clocked 46.49.

Hong Kong’s Leung Kwan Yi, Chan Ka Sin, Kong Chun and Chan Pui Kei were third in 46.78.

Last month, the Malaysian quartet broke the national record by clocking 45.32 on the way to winning the gold in the Singapore Open.

The 24-year-old Husniah was delighted with their effort.

“It feels good to win the gold against strong athletics nations like Taiwan and Hong Kong,” said the Penangite.

“We also did well to win our second relay gold in an international meet in three weeks.

“It’s too bad we failed to further improve on the national record which we broke in Singapore Open last month. We will continue to train harder for the next meet.”

Malaysia also won two bronzes on the last day of competition through Iskandar Alwi (men’s pole vault) and Jap Jeng Tzan (women’s discus).

Iskandar cleared 5.05m, but it was still way off his national record of 5.20m.

Jin Min-sub of South Korea cleared 5.35m to win the gold while the Filipino Obiena John Ernest took silver with a height of 5.25m.

Iskandar wasn’t too pleased with his performance.

“I failed to come close to my personal best. Anyway, I did better than the Singapore Open, where I only managed 5m,” said Iskandar.

Jeng Tzan hurled the discus to a distance of 46.99m for the bronze, but her effort was also way off her personal best of 47.79m.

Malaysia ended the two-day meet with one gold, one silver and seven bronzes.