Sarawakian athletes bag four gold, 10 silver, and 14 bronze medals at 31st SEA Games, Pandelela, Bong win gold and silver in diving events

Pandelela (left) and Bong bagged gold and silver respectively in diving at the 31st SEA Games. Photos taken from Pandelela's and Bong's respective Facebook accounts.

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, May 25: Sarawakian athletes won four gold, 10 silver, and 14 bronze medals at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), with Datuk Pandelela Rinong and Kimberly Bong Qian Ping winning gold and silver respectively in diving.

According to Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts Minister Datuk Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Malaysia sent a total of 612 athletes to the 31st SEA Games, which were held from May 12 to May 23, 2022 in Hanoi, Vietnam, including 46 Sarawak athletes who competed in 21 events.

“With the closing of the SEA Games on May 23, Malaysia secured sixth place out of 11 countries and a fulfilling target of 36 gold medals, having achieved its goal of 39 gold, 46 silver, and 91 bronze medals,” he said today in his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here.

Abdul Karim mentioned achievements by Gillian Lim Siew Giok and Nerosha Keligit Thiagarajan, winning silver and bronze medals respectively in bowling , Mirabel Ting Ern Hui who won silver in golf, Azri Asmat Sefri, Dr Malvern Abdullah, and Buda Anchah winning silver and bronze medals respectively in bodybuilding, and Rhodict Bertrand Lises who won bronze in diving.

He also mentioned Clement Ting Su Wei who won gold and bronze in wushu and kickboxing, Nur Asmida Rambli, who won a bronze medal in the sepak takraw event, Jackie Wong Siew Cheer and Grace Wong Xiu Mei who both secured gold medals in the hammer throw, Jee Xin Ru who won silver medal in Chinese chess, and Welson Sim Wee Sheng and Jonathan Nyepa who both won silver medals in swimming.

Abdul Karim also noted that Muhammad Aiman Hamdan won bronze in tennis, Karen Lyne and Alice Chang Li Sian who both won bronze medals in ping pong, Job Tan Xi Jay who won bronze in swimming, and Queenie Ting Kung Ni, who won silver in discus throwing. — DayakDaily