SUKMA: Mistake Hinders Sabah Team to Win Gold in 4x100m

>> June 17, 2010

Sabah’s 4x100m men quartet which consists of Taufik, Rayzam, Fahrul and Eddie failed to defend the gold medal won in the last SUKMA at Hang Jebat Stadium yesterday.

However, it was not about the fluency of baton exchanges but it was a misjudgment by Sabah's inexperienced first runner. It's said, the whistle was blew during the set position led to a misjudgment of the first runner, Taufik, who reacted and almost foul start.

"Whilst all runners at the set position and ready to go, they blew the whistle but all of a sudden the gun goes off" said Eddie, Sabah’s anchor man. "Of course the thing has affected Taufik who thought it's a recall from the officials", he added. As a result, Taufik was the last one to "run".

Sabah team stopped the clock at 41.18 for silver with Terengganu quartet  (Zabidi, Idris, Ammar and Ajmal) merely two hundredth of a second in front to bag gold with 41.16. Perak settled for bronze in 41.81s.

Meanwhile, the host quartet of Nurul Sarah, Azmar Azlin, Nurhumairah and Ku Munirah won the women's 4x100m relay gold in 48.19, beating three other quartets in a "dead heat".

From the photo-finish, Penang was awarded silver medal while bronze medal went to Terengganu despite of recording the same time at 48.32. Most dissapointing Sabah's quartet down to 4th place in spite of only late 0.01s with 48.33.

Results:
Men

1, Terengganu, 41.16. 2, Sabah, 41.18. 3, Perak, 41.81. 4, Federal Territory, 41.84. 5, Pahang, 41.87. 6, Johor, 47.82. 0, Penang, DSQ.

Women
1, Malacca, 48.19. 2, Penang, 48.32. 3, Terengganu, 48.32. 4, Sabah, 48.33. 5, Johor, 48.68. 6, Perak, 49.12. 0, Federal Territory, DSQ. 0, Pahang, DNS.

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