THE Ministry of Defence (MinDef) were crowned the Inter Ministry Sports Festival champions at the closing ceremony held yesterday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas..
After triumphing in two of four athletics events contested yesterday, the armymen shot to the top of the 12-team table with a haul of 11 gold, seven silver and six bronze medals.
Meanwhile, defending champions the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) placed at second with a total of 34 medals: nine gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze medals.
After a strong showing in the first three days of the competition, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) ended their campaign at third place. They collected nine gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals.
Guest of Honour Dato Paduka Hj Abd Wahab Juned, the Deputy Minister of PMO, was present to award the winners with their trophies and medals.
Held in conjunction with last year's 17th Civil Service Day, the final day of the multi-sport tournament saw four athletics events contested.
Suzila Hj Md Amin, Sabrina Hj Ahmad, Noor Siti Azimah Hj Sulaiman and Elaine Miller clocked 1:01.71 in the women's 4x100 metres to give the Ministry of Education (MoE) their fifth gold in the tournament.
The PMO runners of Simau, Hjh Hamidah, Juliana Hj Kassim and Alinawati Hj Aliakbar placed second with a time of 1:02.91.
Meanwhile, the ladies of the Ministry of Development clutched the final spot on the podium (1:05.37).
Over in the women's 4x200m, the MoHA team ran the fastest to win the gold that sealed their position in third overall. Haswati Hj Asli, Dk Noormaya Fazaniza Pg Hj Ismail, Norlila Hj Ahmad and Rohaidah Hassali took first spot with a time of 2:02.08, followed by the PMO (2:14.80) and the MOE (2:18.44) ladies in second and third respectively.
It was the legs of the men that marched MinDef to the peak of the 11-sport event after their victory in the 4x400m and 4x100m.
In the 4x400m, the armymen recorded 3:32.50 to edge MoHA (3:33.13) to the top of the podium. Mohd Zulkhairi Salleh, Irry, Md Nurul Hasni and Md Khairil Amin of the PMO took third.
Kamarul Zaman, Mohini Hj Othman, Hamdi Sulaiman and Alizanda Sitom won MinDef's second gold of the day by timing 46.15 seconds in the 4x100m.
With a time of 47.13, Kifli Hj Jaafar, Isedro Del Prado, Arman Hj Sanip and Azmize Abd Rahman of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports grabbed silver and the PMO (48.31) notched bronze.
A total of 2,353 officers and staff made up the 12 contingents that competed at 10 venues over the course of eight days in 11 sports: 9-ball pool, 10-pin bowling, athletics, badminton, darts, futsal, netball, sepak takraw, top-spinning (gasing), tug-of-war and volleyball.
The annual tournament aims to fulfil the National Sports Policy, specifically, in the category of community sports. (The Brunei Times)