PENANG, JOHOR JUDOKAS SWEEP MEN'S AND WOMEN'S KATA GOLD

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

here today.

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

medals respectively.

"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

Bernama.

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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