HANOI: The national contingent’s gold medal hunt did not stop after reaching the set target of 36 on Friday, adding another on the 14th day of the 31st SEA Games yesterday.
It came from cyclist Nur Aiman Zariff in men’s road race.
Weightlifting also saw another bronze won by Erry Hidayat in the men’s 73kg category.
Erry’s achievement of 143kg for the snatch and 173kg for clean and jerk (316kg total) is commendable, as it surpassed his personal record of 141kg (snatch) and 171kg (clean and jerk) for a 312kg total achieved in 2020.
Meanwhile, Johnathan Wong-Nurul Syasya Nadiah Arifin had a lacklustre performance in the mixed team 10m air pistol event as the duo crashed out in the qualifying round.
Another gold is already in the bag as two mixed pairs compete in the final today.
The all-Malaysian affair was setup after Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei and Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See reached the final to end the country’s 23-year drought for the title at the SEA Games.
Malaysia is also hoping for Lim Kok Leong to add another gold medal, with the 27-year-old snooker player having advanced to the men’s singles final today.
The two-time national champion, who won his first gold after topping the 6-Red singles event on Tuesday, will face Thai snooker legend James Wattana.
Malaysia will also have the opportunity to snatch gold in Muay Thai.
Nur Amisha Azrilrizal will compete in the final of the elite women’s under-51kg event against Thai athlete Srila Oo Wansawang while Nor Iman Aliff Rakib faces Huynh Hoang Phi from Vietnam in the elite men’s under-54kg event.
At the end of yesterday’s action, Malaysia remained sixth with 37 gold, 40 silver and 81 bronze medals.
Hosts Vietnam stayed top after collecting a total of 181 gold, 106 silver and 106 bronze medals.