Sabah karate team closes in on two golds

Mohd Azhad (left to right), Clevelence and Haznil celebrate winning the men’s kata team with coach Farlin Frederick.

KUALA LUMPUR (September 15): The Sabah karate team is on track to achieve its goal of two gold medals at the 20th Malaysia Games (Sukma).

They started their campaign in a positive way after winning gold in the men’s team kata in addition to a silver and three bronze medals today.

The Kata trio of Mohd Haznil Henry, Mohd Azhad Haziq Henry and Clevelence Carlos put on an impressive display in the final to edge Pahang for the gold medal at UiTM Shah Alam Sports Complex.

Sabah however failed to add a second gold medal on the first day of karate competition when Michell Linus lost 8-0 to national athlete P Madhuri of Kedah in the women’s -55kg final. Kumite.

The bronze medals were won by Stanley Dulian in kumite -55 kg men, Richal Mattan (kumite -60 kg men) and Leong Jia Chii (kumite -61 kg women).

“So far so good,” team leader Richard Ajak said when contacted.

“Our number of medals could have been better but the national athlete (Madhuri) was too good (for Michell).

“Overall, I’m happy with how things went for us today. There will be two more days of competition and we are on track in our quest to achieve the goal of two gold medals,” he added.

He went on to say that National karateka Amirah Syahirah Azlan and ex-National Pressy Misty Philip are Sabah’s best bet to add to the gold tally of the karate contingent and Sabah.

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