Chin Archer Won First Prize at SEA Games in Indonesia
17 November 2011: Ms Aung Ngeain, from Khimpuang Village, Mindat Township of Chin State, yesterday won a gold medal in archery for Burma at the 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Indonesia.
The 26-year-old Dai-Chin has been hailed for her achievement as one of Burma’s sports representatives in the SEA Games, which kicked off in Jakarta on 11 November 2011.
Mr. Aung Ling, of a Dai-Chin tribe from southern part of Chin State, said: “We heard that she got the gold medal, which is the first ever gold medal given to a woman in archery for Burma in the SEA Games. We are very proud of her victory.”
Speaking to a weekly sports journal, Soccer Myanmar, about her triumphant performance, Ms Aung Ngeain said she was so excited that she couldn’t even express her happiness, adding: “She will keep on working hard for the tournaments in future.”
Selected as the Sport Woman of 2008 in Burma, Ms Ngeain, daughter of U Mana Aung, has won several medals in archery in the past.
In yesterday’s final shoots, the Chin female beat her opponent from the Philippines with a record-breaking performance for Burma.
Miss Aung Ngeain, who took part at the 25th SEA Games in Laos in 2009, said she practiced at least 5 hours a day in preparation for the 26th SEA Games, which will run until 25 November, according to the Soccer Myanmar‘s interview.
At least another three Chin females and one male are known to have participated as members of sports teams representing Burma in football, boxing, karate and bodybuilding contest in Indonesia.
Reporting by Salai Nyein Chan and Thawng Zel Thang