Mardiana Mohd Yussap (L) and Nuramaliyana Pg Hj Ibrahim with the gold medal won from the F01 women's bocce doubles event at the Special Olympics World Summers Games 2011 in Athens. Picture: Courtesy of SOBD/ Abdul Kahar
Brunei's wait for a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Summers Games 2011 in Athens has ended.
The doubles pair of Mardiana Mohd Yussap and Nuramaliyana Pg Hj Ibrahim on Sunday bagged the country's first gold medal at the Games after winning the F1 women's bocce doubles at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
They got off to winning ways, edging the team of Sylvia Rahman and Sadia Akhter Urmi of Bangladesh 5-4 and continued their good form by defeating the duo of Susan George and Heather Williams from Great Britain 7-5 in their second game.
However, Bangladesh crushed them 12-0 in their second meeting. But with only three teams in the category, both teams met again in the final and Brunei pulled their socks up to defeat Bangladesh 10-3 to clinch the gold.
Mardiana also bagged a silver medal in the F02 women's bocce singles event on Thursday.
Another gold medal came courtesy of Nurhamraa Chaine after she won the F18 AT 200 metres Run with a time of 47.93 seconds at the OAKA Olympic Stadium.
Deepika Gupta of Bharat followed in second with a time of 49.18s while her compatriot Sita Sahu bagged the bronze with her time of 50.53s.
This means that with another day of competition left Brunei have now bagged two gold, three silver and four bronze medals.
Hafiq Zulkifli won silver in the M02 AT 100m Run with a time of 13.48 seconds. The Bruneian missed out on the gold by a hair's length losing to Thapelo P of Botswana, who finished with a time of 13.47 seconds.Hong Kong's Nikki Tang took the bronze with his time of 13.86 seconds.
Brunei also managed another silver medal from Muhammad Fhadillah Hj Morsidi in the M1 AT 100m Walk with a time of 47.81 seconds on Saturday.
Mohammad Bahadoor of Mauritius won the gold with his time of 33.65 seconds. Turkmenistan's Aybek Jelaletdinow was the only other participant for the event but was disqualified.Other results include Lim Chow Ann winning a bronze in the M02 AT 100m Walk with a time of 55.87 seconds on the same day.
South Africa's Eugene Lucky Koenane crossed the line with a time of 24.86 seconds to pocket the gold while Latario Green of the Bahamas finished in second with his time of 30.31 seconds.
Another bronze was won by Siti Nur Afifah Abd Sahak in the F22 AT 100m Run with a time of 18.60 seconds on Friday.
Virginia Margno Alves of Timor Leste crossed the line first with her time of 18.48 seconds while Rawan Yousef of Palestine followed with 18.50 seconds setting up the photo finish.
Prior to their departure for the June 25-July 4 competition, the head of delegation Noel Mendiola had said that their aim was to either maintain or better their three-gold medal haul from 2007.
Courtesy from Brunei Times