KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) -- Judokas from Penang and Johor walked away
with the gold medal in the men''s and women''s Kata when the 14th Malaysia Games
judo events opened its doors at the Olympic Council of Malaysia''s Sports Arena
Chua Jen Keat and Lim Zheng Jie gave Penang a memorable start by taking the
men''s Kata event with 804 points, ahead of Perak duo Muhammad Fairdaus Asyraff
and Mohammad Helmy who managed 758 points.
Terengganu''s Yusof Daniel and Mohd Shahril Hafiz (758 points) and the pair
from Selangor, Lee Kai Hung and Desmund Liew Chien Yeuat (749 points) were
awarded bronze medals as losing semifinalists.
"Last year we lost the gold medal to Melaka, so we are glad to have won the
gold this year," Lim, a Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) student from
Sekolah Menengah (C) Jit Sin, Bukit Mertajam, Penang told Bernama.
In the women''s event, Siti Nur Syafiqah Husin partnered Nurul Ain Atiqah
mesmerized the judges with their performances to walk away with the gold with
795 points, well ahead of closest rivals Low Er Zhen and Low Er Yie from
Selangor who finished on 784 points.
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Terengganu''s Nor Safrina Rahman and Nor Hidayu Muliar (780) and Federal
Territory pair Vicky Lai Tze Jane and Low Penny (729) were awarded the bronze
"I am extremely happy to have won the gold medal on my debut. In Melaka,
Nurul Ain had partnered Khairiah Malek to win a bronze last year. However, we
are happy to have contributed a gold medal to Johor," Siti Nur, 16, told
Tomorrow, judo will offer six gold medals, namely men''s individual (Below
55kg, 60kg, 66kg) and women''s individual (Below 45kg, 48kg, 52kg).
Meanwhile, Penang judo coach Nashriq Nassir said Penang has targeted two
more gold medals tomorrow since medal hopefuls Ester Tam Sin Hui and Goh Ying
Yuen, would be competing in the Below 48kg and 45kg categories.
"We had targeted both the gold medals at stake in the Kata events contested
today but the women pair fell short of expectation and finished fifth but we are
confident of a better show tomorrow," he said.
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