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Archers fuel Sarawaks fight to finish top 5 overall

0 month ago, 23-Sep-2022

Star performer Joey Tan display her four medals won at the 20th Sukma.

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 23): The archery team is among Sarawak’s top performing teams in the 20th Sukma after they ended their campaign on a high with four gold, one silver and one bronze medals, topping the medal tally against all other states in the sport.

Terengganu finished second with three golds, four silvers and two bronzes while Johor ended third with two golds.

Sarawaks first gold was delivered by Joey Tan Xing Lei in the 70m Recurve womens individual. This was followed by golden performances by Natasha Mohd Shahruddin and Josiah Hong Xiang Win in the Olympic Compound mixed team, Joey Tan-Cecil Nathanael Busu Polycap in Olympic Recurve mixed team and Joey Tan-Supang Yahya-Zakirah Mohammad Feroz in the Olympic Recurve womens team.

Joey Tan added another silver to her collection when she finished second in the Olympic Recurve womens individual. The bronze medal was contributed by Supang Yahya in Olympic Recurve womens individual.

Head coach Jaffery Low Wei Loon was delighted as he was surprised by the fine run. He hailed the contribution of outstanding individuals but also stressed that team work is key.

Joey Tan is definitely our star performer but, in the team events, everyone is important and have their big part in the team,” he told The Borneo Post.

The team had targeted two golds but, he added, they ended up well surpassing their forecast.

The archery team celebrate with ACDM Allan Siden Gramong (fifth right) and (from third right) SSC officer Awang Addin Awang Sufian and team manager Louis Simon Peter at the end of the competition on Thursday.

Asked about Sarawak’s overall performance as Sukma XX winds down, Low was philosophical.

I dont think we performed badly, we maintained our standard while some teams performed better, but if we took a bit more risk or push a bit further, we might get a better result.

“Although we have some regrets individually but its quite a good outing as a whole, he said.

The 20th Sukma enter the final day of competition today. Sarawak is in a tight spot with Selangor and Sabah fighting to remain among the top five teams in the overall medal tally.

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