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PUTRAJAYA, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- Perak boxer Muhammad Abdul Qaiyum Ariffin managed to create a personal achievement when he won a gold medal in his first and last Malaysia Games (Sukma) appearance today.
He emerged champion of the men’s light fly 46-48 kilogramme (kg) category at the 20th Malaysia Games (Sukma) today, beating Penang boxer R. Pavithran with a 5-0 decision in the match that took place at the Precint 18 Futsal Complex. Muhammad Denial Norsukeri from Johor and Steve Yosores from Sabah meanwhile shared the bronze.
"I have represented Perak for quite a long time and the state has helped me a lot all the while, so I’m proud of being able to deliver this medal.
"It’s a start for me to continue to develop in boxing,” the national boxer said, adding that being able to represent the country had spurred him on to win the gold.
"I consider it an advantage as I train and gain more experience compared to others,” he said.
Meanwhile in the men’s bantam 51-54kg category, Sabah boxer, Joel Evekly Jain emerged champion after defeating Johor’s Sharol Nizam Norsukeri with a 3-2 decision. The bronze was shared by Terengganu’s Harith Haykal Rasaidi and Mohamad Fareezad Mohamad Tamisi from Perak.
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