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Chef-de-mission of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Huang Ying How said the contingent had shown determination and competitive spirit. — Picture by Hari AnggaraChef-de-mission of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Huang Ying How said the contingent had shown determination and competitive spirit. — Picture by Hari AnggaraGOLD COAST, April 15 —  Malaysian contingent chef de mission, Huang Ying How is satisfied with the achievement of the national contingent despite failing to be in the top 10 in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

He said all athletes whether they won medals or not had shown determination and competitive spirit in their respective outing.

Unfortunately, he said some athletes were unlucky in not garnering a gold medal or any medal in this championship.

“I am not focusing on the number but I am very happy for those who have won the gold. I am a bit disappointed for those who could have won the gold, but missed it.

“These athletes have tried their best maybe they are also disappointed that they couldn’t get another gold. Some of them are good in their performances. I am glad they did try their best,” he said.

After 11 days of competition, the national contingent collected seven gold, five silver and 12 bronze medals to take the 12th place in the overall medal tally.

Hosts, Australia emerged as overall champions with 80 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze medals followed by England in the second place with 45 gold, 45 silver and 46 bronze medals while India were in the third position with 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals.

Meanwhile, Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar said he was happy with the achievements of the national contingent based on the overall medal haul which was higher compared to the edition in Glasgow, Scotland.  

“I am happy to retire with such a success. We began well in weightlifting and ended with two gold medals in badminton, I am elated with the victories of Lee Chong Wei and the women’s doubles pair.    

Meanwhile, Podium Programme director Tim Newenham noted that he always strive for more medals and was never been happy with results achieved by the team at any tournament.

“I never happy with whatever finishing and I always want more but I think if we looked at the achievement in 2014, today is a success. There’s a positive progress. I think it a good measure,” he said.

Commenting on the next task at the Asian Games based on the Commonwealth Games achievement, Newenham said they still needed to do full reviews to make sure Malaysia improved before taking part in the Asian Games. — Bernama

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