Thursday, June 05, 2014

Muhammad Irfan, Jelinie Empera Crowned Sportsman, Sportswoman Of 17th Perlis SUKMA

KANGAR, June 4 (Bernama) -- National discus thrower Muhammad Irfan Shamsuddin from Negeri Sembilan and Sarawak weightlifter Jenilie Empera were crowned Sportsman and Sportswoman of the 17th Perlis SUKMA during a glittering closing ceremony, here Wednesday.

Both winners received a trophy each from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who officially closed the SUKMA at the Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium, here tonight after 11 days of competition.

Muhammad Irfan, 19, smashed his own National discus record of 53.16m that was set during the Myanmar SEA Games last year with a new distance of 54.26m while Empera swept both the Snatch and Clean & Jerk gold medals in the Above 75kg category, en route to setting two new SUKMA records.

Federal Territories (FT) accumulated 55 gold medals to emerge as the overall champion in the 17th Perlis SUKMA, beating defending champion Terengganu who managed 51 gold medals.

FT chef-de-mission Datuk Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said his team not only emerged as the overall champion, but also managed to surpass their own target of 50 gold medals.

"I am proud of the athletes in the FT contingent who gave their all to emerge victorious. We went through some difficult times and anxious moments during the competition since there were days when we did not win any gold medals.

"Right now our focus will be to prepare for the next SUKMA in two years time," he said.

The FT team comprising Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan collected 55 gold, 38 silver and 49 bronze medals.

Mhd Amin said gold medal winners would be awarded RM5,000 as incentive while those who set new SUKMA records would receive an additional RM1,000.

Meanwhile, fireworks lighted up the sky in Perlis when the 17th SUKMA came to a close in glittering fashion while Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man later handed over the SUKMA flag to National Sports Council director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong.

About 20,000 athletes, fans and supporters thronged the stadium to watch the closing ceremony.

By Farhanah Azmi

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