The Malaysian Contingent bagged its first gold medal at the ongoing 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 through Nur Shazrin Mohamad Latif OLY in the Sailing Women’s Single Handed Dinghy ILCA 6 at the Xiangshan Sailing Centre in Ningbo.
Nur Shazrin, 25 years old, finished on top of the podium, followed by Hong Kong’s Stephanie Louis Norton and Singapore’s Victoria Chan. She displayed excellent form throughout the entire races.
Nur Shazrin is the latest addition to the select group of Sailing’s Asian Games gold medallists from Malaysia, which includes Ryan Tan (Boys’ Optimist) in Hiroshima 1994, Rufina Tan (Girl’s Optimist) in Doha 2006, Faizal Nordin and Ahmad Syukri Abdul Aziz (Men’s 420 class) in Incheon 2014 and Fauzi Kaman Shah (Laser 4.7 Open) in Jakarta-Palembang 2018, as its privileged members.
In the process, Nur Shazrin has earned a ticket to the XXXIII Olympic Games Paris 2024, marking her third consecutive appearance at the Olympics since Rio 2016.
Veteran sailor Khairulnizam Affendy OLY meanwhile finished 8th overall in the Men’s Single Handed Dinghy ILCA 7 event.
Nur Shazrin’s golden outing helped contribute to the 1-0-2 medal haul for the Sailing Team who earlier had claimed two bronze through Tengku Nurani Ezaty Tengku Khairudeen (Women’s Windsurfer RS:X) and Muhammad Asnawi Iqbal Adam (Single Handed Boys ILCA 4).
At the Chun’An Jieshou Sport Centre Velodrome, the siblings Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom OLY and Mohd Ridwan Sahrom both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Men’s Sprint in contrasting manner. Muhammad Shah Firdaus beat David Beckham of India in the 1/8 finals and will face Asian Championship silver medallist Shinji Nakano of Japan on Thursday, 28th September 2023. Mohd Ridwan qualified through the repechage round by edging Oh Jeseok and Kang Seojun from Korea. In the Women’s Keirin, Anis Amira Rosidi and Nurul Izzah Izzati Mohd Asri finished seventh and eighth respectively.
At the Xiaoshan Guali Sports Centre, Wushu exponents Clement Ting Su Wei (Men’s Daoshu & Gunshu All-Round event) and Pang Pui Yee (Women’s Jianshu & Qiangshu All-Round event) finished their events at 5th and 7th placing respectively.
In Squash, the Women’s Team beat Macau 3-0, while the Men’s Team defeated Japan 3-0 and Thailand 3-0 in the group matches at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre.
In the Men’s 200m Freestyle, Steve Khiew How Yean was ranked 4th in Heat 4 with a time of 1:48.9s and overall ranked 9th out of 35, thus did not advance to the final. In Heat 3 of the Women’s 100m Breaststroke, Phee Jinq En OLY was ranked 8th overall out of 20 swimmers after finishing 3rd in Heat 3 in a time of 1:09.74 to enter the final.
In the Men’s category, Malaysia lost 5-21 to China while in the Women’s Category, Malaysia beat Thailand 14-11.
In the Dressage event, Mohd Qabil Ambak Mahamad Fathil qualified for the final, ranked at No. 2 with 72.706 points.
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In the Men’s Team Regu, Malaysia beat Laos 2-0 to book a ticket to the final against Thailand on Friday, 29th September 2023.
In the Women’s 25m Pistol event, Alia Sazana Azahari registered 576 points to finish 20th out of 44 competitors, while veteran shooter, Bibiana Ng Pei Chin, finished 33rd with 561 points. Both failed to advance to the final.
In the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Position event, Alia Husna Budruddin scored 581 points to be ranked 17th while Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi OLY registered 572 points to be ranked 34th out of 46 competitors. Both did not advance to the final.