| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI I emerged champions of the 4th Primary School Sports Festival after accumulating a total of 10 gold, 14 silver and six medals at Berakas Sports Complex.
The final session of the athletics meet yesterday covered nine events including 100m and 4x100m for both boys and girls.
Races were also held for special needs children.
The teams chasing Brunei I must produce a stellar closing round in the athletes if they were to crown champions of the country’s premier sporting competition for primary students.
Belait were trailing in fourth place entering the final day but their assault in the athletics guided them to a respectable second place in the overall standings.
Both Belait and Brunei IV collected seven gold medals each but the former took second spot by virtue of having more silver medals.
Brunei I also won the 4th Primary School Sports Festival Athletics Championship with five gold, seven silver and four bronze medals.
Belait’s results were similar to Brunei I but with four fewer silver medals to clinch a close second place while Brunei IV third place result with four gold, one silver and four bronze medals meant that they slipped to third in the overall standings.
Meanwhile, Luis Ong of Brunei I won the Sportsman Award after collecting one gold medal in 4x400m, one silver medal in 400m and one bronze in triple jump.
Dk Aina Syafiqah binti Pg Haji Zainal of Belait won the Sportswoman Award with an impressive haul of two gold medals in 800m and 1500m events.
A total of 10 new records were set in the athletics meet including Dk Aina Syafiqah breaking the 800m previous mark of 3:10.06 in 3:06.15, Renee Li Rui En of Brunei I smashing the previous record of 33.22 with 28.15 in the 200m and Md Bil Muhtadin Yusrin bin Abu Bakar just setting a benchmark by a fraction in the long jump with 4.36m beating the previous mark of 4.35m.
Presenting the prizes was Dayang Hajah Kamlah binti Haji Daud, representative of the Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education, Dr Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman.