(Pic, Top) Brunei's Norhensan
Hj Mataha getting her bronze
medal at the 6th ASEAN Para
Games in Solo, Indonesia.
(Pic, Above) Raduan Hj
Mataha (R) also won a bronze
for Brunei. Pictures: Infofoto
Brunei ended Day 1 of competition at the 6th ASEAN Para Games with two bronze medals in Solo, Indonesia.
The duo of Raduan Hj Mataha and Norhensan Hj Mataha were the first Bruneians to finish on the podium at the Manahan Stadium.
Norhensan bagged Brunei's first medal after finishing third in the women's Javelin F12 event.
Malaysia's Hemala Devi Enikutty won the gold after a throw of 21.59 metres, breaking the old record of 16.12m from 2001, while Rosalie Torrefiel of the Philippines' took the silver.
On the other hand, Raduan won his bronze medal from the men's Discus F12 event.
It was a one-two finish for Thailand after Pichai Boonsri won the gold and Wongngoen Arnon settled for the silver.
Meanwhile, a total of 21 records were set yesterday with defending overall champions Thailand setting the pace.
Favourites Thailand, who have won the past three editions of the competition, finished the first day with a haul of 25 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze medals.
Athletics and swimming contributed 20 gold medals for the Thais, who so far have re-written 12 new records eight in athletics and four in swimming.
Their three other gold medals were from table tennis while bowling and wheelchair tennis contributed one each.
The hosts, Indonesia, followed closely behind with 18 gold, 17 silver and 22 bronze medals.
Vietnam and Malaysia were third and fourth respectively with six gold medals each.
A total of 57 gold medals out of the 422 on offer were given out yesterday.
The Sultanate is being represented by a 37-member delegation with 24 special needs athletes making up the contingent.
Twenty will participate in athletics events, two in ten-pin bowling and two in chess with the rest comprising the coaches and officials.
Brunei have participated in every edition of the Games, considered to be the biggest multi-sport disability event for special needs athletes in the ASEAN region, since 2001.
The last ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2009 saw the Bruneian athletes return with their best results of nine gold, five silver and eight bronze medals.
The Games under the regulation of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) has traditionally been held after each SEA Games by the host country. A total of 10 APSF members Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam plus Timor Leste are participating in this year's Games.
Thailand amassed 157 gold, 75 silver and 57 bronze medals in 2009.
Courtesy from Brunei Times