‘Grace-ful’ gold in skateboarding for Malaysia

Grace Wong pulled off an upset to claim gold in the women’s downhill event. (Facebook pic/Jem Bobiles)

MANILA: National skateboard athlete Grace Wong Sze Ern pulled off an upset to claim gold for Malaysia in the women’s downhill event at the SEA Games today.

Grace beat three other participants, including two from the host nation, in the final round at the Seaside Race Track, Maragondon, Cavite to give Malaysia a surprise gold.

Thailand’s Nuansamorn Pimchua claimed the silver while Grace Rydelle Abarico of the Philippines won the bronze.

Team manager Idroose Tambarin said Grace started the race well and executed the corners smoothly on the 1.7km track.

“The sprints and good corner executions threw the host nation’s athletes off rhythm and allowed Grace to win. In the semifinal , she finished second to just qualify for the final round.

“Our target for Grace was only silver because it was a tough fight. In the early round it was already very competitive, what more in the final when the hosts have two athletes taking part,” he said.

Another skateboarder Luqman Hakimi Shahrafidz won bronze in men’s downhill event.

The Philippines achieved a one-two finish through Rafael Jaime De Lange and Raphael Duke Pandeagua respectively.