>> July 13, 2012
XV Sukma (Malaysian Games) 2012, Highlights and Results Day 3 (12.07.2012)
NEGERI SEMBILAN Team snuck a surprise gold medal in the men's 4x100m, clocking 41.79s. Defending champion TERENGGANU Team finished in 2nd in 41.94s, while SABAH Team the 2nd finisher of 2010 Games and the favorite with 41.58s seasonal best, only managed to take bronze in 42.39 following a major setback in baton exchanges.
TERENGGANU Team won the women's 4x100m with a time of 47.88s, beating JOHOR team (48.36) and SABAH Team (48.37) in 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Nik Hafiz Nik Mohamad of Kelantan, as anticipated winning the men's 800m in 1:54.60s, leaving the recent ASEAN School champion Jeeventhiran s/o Victor Ravintharan of Perak who ran 1:55.99 in second place. Kedah's Tan Wei Heng lowered his pb to 1:56.78s as enough to secure the bronze.
Nik Norzilawatie Nik Wil of Kelantan takes her second gold medal of the day as she finished in first position in her favorite event 800m and setting a time of 2:19.91. Sarawak's Faradilah Raznie was trailing in 2nd in 2:20.88, while Johor's Sharmila d/o Sivakimar third in 2:21.21.
Mohamed Baihaqi Razlan of Kelantan upsets pre-race favorite Muhammad Firdaus Mazalan of Kedah as won the men's 400m hurdles in 53 flat, with Firdaus at 53.14s. Perak's Muhammad Firdaus Musa wins bronze in 53.73.
Layalia Rameli of Terengganu won the women's 400mh, clocking 64.29s, and second and third winners were Federal's Wong Pui Yee (1:05:66) and Perak's Saidatul Izatti Suhaimi (1:06:31).
Ahmad Luth Hamizan of Negeri Sembilan was probably upset when he could only finished in second at 5000m after gold medal in 10,000m, since he was the pre-race favorite for 3000m steeplechase. If he won 5000m, then he would repeat the feat of Karthik Jayamaran winning triple gold at 2010 SUKMA. And as expected he won the men's 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:40.42s. What made this race more interesting was the host runner Saranraj s/o Sivamani was actually gunning for his 2ND gold medal, after winning the 1500m and upsetting Luth Hamizan in the 5000m. If he won 3000m steeplechase the chance to win triple gold medal is high as he is the pre-race favorite in the 1500m final today. S.Saranraj eventually finished in 2nd in 10:06.34s. 3rd placing was Johor's Vinoth s/o Muniappan in 10:10.60.
Nik Norzilawatie Nik Wil of Kelantan clinched gold medal in the women's 3000m steeplechase, winning her race with 12:08.15, followed by Sri Suganyaa d/o Naderaja of Selangor (12:30.19) and Nor Hidayah Ahmad of Kedah (12:46.39).
Muhammad Irfan Shamshuddin of Negeri Sembilan has thrown to a personal best of 42.50m in the men's discus and won the gold medal. Silver and bronze went to Mohammad Firdaus James of Perak and Tang Zhi Min of Federal Territory with distances of 38.46m and 37.21m respectively.
Muhammad Hakimi Ismail of Perak continues to dominate in the horizontal jumps, he won the men's long jump with 7.32m, the challenge came form Federal athlete Luqman Hakim Ramlan who made a personal best 7.27m. Perak's Pang Li Chong who has a pb of 7.46m takes only bronze with 7.10m.
Elena Goh Ling Yin of Federal territory clinched her second gold medal in XV SUKMA after winning the 10,000m walk with a time of 53:43.97, Pua Ling En takes silver in 55:13.08, while Song Gie Chee of Penang bronze in 59:16.72.