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Jironi Riduan, Christina Loh, Crowned Olympian Of The Year For 2013
Both winners were selected by the OCM Award Committee after taking into account their two gold medal feat in the recently concluded Myanmar SEA Games, last year.
Mohd Jironi, 28, who has since decided to retire from the sports, won the gold medal in the men's 800 and 1,500 races while Christina Loh, 19, clinched two gold medals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.
"This is my first national award after three SEA Games. I am surprised because many more athletes also did well. My target for this year is to beat my own personal record in the 50m breaststroke which is 32.15s and reach the finals in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games," she said after the award presentation.
Meanwhile, Mohd Jironi said it was the best award he had won since his involvement in sports, especially athletics.
The achievement allowed both of them to take home RM10,000 cash and medals sponsored by Coca-Cola and presented by OCM President Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar.
The Olympian of the Year award is an annual event held by the Olympic Council of Malaysia since 1993 to recognise the achievements of national Sportsmen and Sportswomen.
The OCM awards committee, under Tan Sri Halil Abdul Mutalif, had shortlisted three male athletes - Ooi Tze Liang (diving), Khairul Anuar Mohamad (archery), Jironi Riduan (athletics) - and three female athletes - Christina Loh (swimming), Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (badminton) and Syakila Salni Jefry Krishnan (karate) - for consideration.
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