Malaysia kept up the pressure on medal table leaders Thailand with some outstanding results in Athletics events on Day Two of the 8th ASEAN Para Games on Saturday.
While the strong Thailand team head the medal table with 24 gold medals and 76 medals overall, Malaysia have had the edge in track and field.
The strength of Malaysia in the field events was evident in the early morning session at the Singapore National Stadium on Saturday.
Malaysia’s Mohd Hisam Bin Khaironi won the men’s javelin F12/13, Amir Firdauss Bin Jamaluddin won the men’s long jump F37/38 and Hemala Devi Eni Kutty grabbed gold in the women’s shot put F11/12.
There was more success in the afternoon session where Umi Syuhqadah Binti Idris won the women’s shot put F35/36/37 and Doriah Poulus won the F42/43/44 in the same sport.
But Malaysia’s golden day in the stadium included some track, as well as field, glory with Felicia Binti Mikat winning the women’s 400 metres T13 and then Muhamad Ashraf Bin Muhammad Haisham set a new games record time of 2:03.67 in the men’s 800 metres T46.
Malaysia's Muhamad Ashraf Bin Muhammad Haisham crosses the finish line first to win the men’s 800 metres T46 - Photo by Suki Singh / SAPGOC
Just as in June’s SEA Games, hosts Singapore are showing some of their best talent in the pool.
Benson Tan confirmed his prowess in the region when he claimed two golds and a silver in the second day of APG swimming action at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Saturday.
The powerful Tan has already made his mark on the APG in previous editions, winning a pair of golds and a silver in 2011 and following that up with two silvers and a gold in Myanmar a year ago.
Singapore’s Benson Tan. Photo: SAPGOC
Tan began the day by retaining his crown in the 100m freestyle S14 with a time of 1 minute 1.74 seconds and he was joined on the podium by compatriot Han Liang Chou who secured a bronze medal with his time of 1:05.95.
Then Tan totally dominated the 200m freestyle S14 as he set a new games record with a time of 2:14.94, well ahead of second-placed Malaysian Yoong Chun Wei (2:25.43). Once again Tan had the pleasure of seeing a team-mate also pick up a medal with Han again gaining bronze.
In the evening session Tan picked up a silver in the Men’s 50 metres Butterfly (S14), finishing behind Malaysian winner Yoong Chung Wei (0:30.49).
Thailand’s Anchaya Ketkeaw added her third gold of the APG so far with victory in the women’s 400 metres freestyle (S9) where she set a new games record of 5:42.24.
Malaysia’s Jamery Anak Siga won two golds in the pool on Saturday with wins in the Men’s 200m freestyle S5 and men’s 500m S5.
In the men’s powerlifting, Vietnam enjoyed gold in both genders with Le Van Cong emerging the winner in the Men’s ‘up to 49.00kg’ and Le Thi Anh Nga coming out on top in the women’s ‘up to 45.00 kg’.
Thailand’s all-round qualities were again on display in shooting where Somporn Muangsiri won the P2 10m Air Pistol Women SH1 and Chutima Saenlar won the R2 10m Air Rifle Women Standing SH1.
Singapore's Alvina Neo (right) interacts with Thailand's Muangsiri Somporn and Nonsang Maneerat. Photo: SAPGOC