One of the bocce players who
represented Brunei at the Special
Olympics World Summer Games
2011 in Athens.Picture: BT
Brunei will return from the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011 in Athens with three gold medals today.
Siti Nur Afifah Abd Sahak won Brunei's third and final gold at the OAKA Olympic Stadium on Sunday, when she crossed the line first in the F19 200 metres race in 39.56 seconds.
The result means it is mission accomplished for Team Brunei, who left for Greece aiming to win at least three gold medals their same haul from the last edition in 2007.
The Brunei athletes will also touch down at the Brunei International Airport at 4pm today with three silver and four bronze medals.
Siti Nur Afifah also won bronze in the F22 AT 100m Run with a time of 18.60 seconds last Friday.
The country's other gold medals came from the doubles pair of Mardiana Mohd Yussap and Nuramaliyana Pg Hj Ibrahim in the F1 women's bocce doubles at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
They started their campaign by squeezing past Bangladesh's Sylvia Rahman and Sadia Akhter Urmi 5-4 and continued by beating Great Britain's Susan George and Heather Williams 7-5 in their second game.
Bangladesh surprised them 12-0 in their second meeting, but with only three teams in the competition, both teams met again in the final and Brunei clinched gold with a 10-3 win.
Mardiana also bagged a silver medal in the F02 women's bocce singles event on Thursday.
The third 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.
Hafiq Zulkifli won silver in the M02 AT 100m Run with a time of 13.48 seconds, missing out on the gold to Thapelo P of Botswana by 0.01 second.
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.
The 13th edition of the meet, it is the world's largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, drawing 7,000 athletes from more than 180 countries around the world, 3,000 coaches and officials, 25,000 volunteers, 40,000 family members as well as thousands of spectators according to its website.
The next Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Los Angeles, in the United States, in 2015.
Courtesy from Brunei Times