07 June 2004

Kedah dominate with five gold medals

KEDAH clinched five out of the 11 gold medals offered as they dominated the Malaysia Games silat events at the Seremban Municipal Hall yesterday.

Kedah, with nine of their athletes in final matches, took the top spots in the men's G, H and J categories and the women's A and B categories.

National athlete Siti Jameelah Japilus took the gold in the B category with an aggressive display beating Selangor's Nur Azilah Azidin 4-1.

Vietnam Sea Games silver medallist Siti had failed to clinch a medal in the 2002 Games.

"I am very happy to win my first medal in the Games as I have been training for the past two years in preparation for the event," she said.

In the E category, Kedah's Nur Shuhada, however, fell 5-0 to a more determined Siti Sharnani from Malacca.

Kedah's Norshaniza Azizan was in top form as she defeated Kelantan's Nur Liyana Nik Li 5-0 in the women's B cateory.

Abdul Ghofur (Kedah), after a hard-fought battle, took the gold in the men's J category when he beat Noradzimi Mohamed Nor from Penang 3-2.

"I am very proud since this is my first Malaysia Games and I have achieved my dream of a top finish," said the Kuala Kedah fireman.

Pahang's Mohamed Zulhanafiah, last year's national junior gold medallist, managed to clinch the gold medal in the D category when he thrashed Kedah's Mohamed Syafiq 5-0.

Kedah, however, had a disappointment in the E category as national athlete Mohamed Amin Saadun was thrashed 5-0 by a more agile and aggressive Hafifi Hafize from Kuala Lumpur.

Sourced from http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-21574011_ITM

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