SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin described the success of two Malaysian gymnasts being awarded gold medals in the same event, as an extraordinary feat.In a rare outcome at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore, Malaysian rhythmic gymnasts N.Shasangari and Koi Sie Yan were both awarded gold medals in the women’s individual All Around event after securing identical points.”Syabas and congratulations to both gymnasts…it is a bonus for us to win two gold medals in one event after both scored the same number of points. I hope this success will inspire other young gymnasts to excel and win gold medals,”
Muhyiddin told reporters after presenting the medals to the winners at the Bishan Sports Hall, here today.For the first time in the history of the SEA Games, two gold medals were awarded for the same event when Shasangari and Sie Yan accumulated 60.250 points each from four routines.The bronze medal was awarded to Panjarat Prawatyotin from Thailand who scored 57.350 points while the silver medal was not awarded for the event.
Muhyiddin said apart from the extraordinary feat of the two gymnasts, he was happy with the success and achievement of other athletes in the SEA Games contingent and hoped Malaysia would emerge as the overall champion in two years when Malaysia host the 29th SEA Games.”Very pleased and proud of the achievement of the Malaysian contingent thus far with some unexpected results in certain events and sports. Our hope is to win more medals.”All Malaysians should be proud when Malaysia host the games in 2017 and everyone must support our athletes to excel and win more gold medals,” he said.
Muhyiddin said there was ample room for improvement through the various programmes initiated by the Youth and Sports Ministry under the leadership of Khairy Jamaluddin.”Malaysia has many venues and facilities for sports. Therefore, there is no reason to be left behind. Only football needs extra efforts,” said Muhyiddin. – Bernama