Sukma 2018: A ‘gold rush’ day for Penang

PENANG martial arts exponents took centre stage at the Malaysian Games (Sukma) 2018 today (Sept 13) by taking home five gold medals.
Wushu athlete Teh Chee Chong fought his way to victory in the Sanda (Under-56kg) event bagging the first gold medal for Penang today (Sept 13).
He skilfully delivered punches and slamming his opponent Chong Kah Sheng (from Kedah) to the ground during the final match, which was held at SBP Integrasi Gopeng.
Wushu athlete Teh Chee Chong landing a punch on his opponent Chong Kah Sheng of Kedah during the final match.
Teh, 18, said he first took interest in Sanda when he was 15.
“I underwent intensive training for nine months under my coach prior to the Sukma 2018.
“The training was hard but all those hard work paid off. I am very happy with the result.
“I hope that the Sanda event will continue to be included in the Sukma in the future.
“Currently, the Sanda event is one of the optional sports in Sukma,” he said.
Teh celebrates after winning the final match.
Penang Youths and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee advised all Penang athletes to maintain their fighting spirits.
“Keep on performing and deliver your best!” he told the athletes.
Soon (fourth left), Penang Sports Council director Frederick Tan (fourth right), Teh (centre, in dark blue) and the Penang team taking a group photo after Teh won the final match.
Judokas Looi Qi Min (Men’s Above-90kg), Ummi Nazeerah Amran (Women’s Under-48kg), Goh Xuan Le (Women’s Under-52kg) and Kamini Sri Segaran (Women’s Under-57kg) also delivered gold medals for Penang.
Soon (left) and Penang Sports Council director Frederick Tan (right) celebrating with the gold medallists – (from second left) judokas Kamini, Goh, Ummi Nazeerah and Looi.
Penang also took home three silver medals today – thanks to Chuah Shangyang (Wushu Men’s Nangun), Tan Tze Ning (Judo Men’s Under-90kg) and Chan Lu Yi (Wushu Women’s Taijijian).
“I was a bit nervous today,” said the 21-year-old Chan, smiling.
She earned 9.51 points in the Wushu Women’s Taijijian event today (Sept 13), slightly below Audrey Chan Yee Jo from Sarawak who garnered 9.56 points.
Chan showing her graceful movements while using the Tai Chi sword.
Chan had on Sept 12 won a gold medal for Penang in the Wushu Women’s Taijiquan event.
Wushu athletes Mohd Amirul Husni Zabidi (Sanda Under-70kg) and Chua Yong Zheng (Men’s Taijijian) took home a bronze medal each.
Story by Christopher Tan
Pix by Darwina Mohd Daud and Chan Kok Kuan