KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- Middle distance ace Mohd Jironi Riduan and national swimmer Christina Loh Yen Ling were crowned as Olympian of the Year in the men's and women's category during the 21st Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM)-Coca Cola Olympian of the Year award, today.
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.....