| James Kon |
BRUNEI Darussalam sepak takraw team carved a milestone in the local sporting arena when they grabbed the sultanate’s first gold medal at the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand yesterday by crushing Korea in the final in a three-set thriller 21-18, 21-23 and 21-15.
This is the first time Brunei have won a gold medal in the Asian Beach Games. In the previous outing, Brunei managed to secure bronze medal.
The team of Mohammad Shukri Jaineh, Jamaludin Haji Marz, Nur Alimin Sungoh and Mohammad Hafizzuddin Jamaludin were invincible en-route to the final.
En-route to the final, Brunei defeated China, India and Korea with the same scoreline of 21-9, 21-13. In the semifinals, Brunei fight back to beat Myanmar in three sets (17-21, 21-16, 21-13).
The chef-de-mission of the Brunei contingent, Rosmadee Hj Md Daud said: “Our athletes have displayed an excellent performance in the final. Despite losing concentration in the second set, the team managed to bounce back and win the third set to take the gold medal.”
“We hope that with the achievement, it will inspire other athletes to continue to give their best in order to achieve success,” Rosmadee added.