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Gabuh bin Piging

Full name: Gabuh bin Piging
Nickname(s): The Kangaroo Man
Gender: Male
Born: January 11, 1932 in Tinompok, Sabah, Malaysia
Died: August 31, 2010 in Tambunan, Sabah, Malaysia
Title: Datuk
Country: NBO North Borneo
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Gabuh bin Piging was one of only two athletes to represent North Borneo in the Olympics as an independent nation, and he carried the North Borneo flag at the 1956 Opening Ceremony. He was from the member state of Sabah in Malaysia. Bin Piging competed in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, placing sixth in the triple jump and 17th in the long jump. He set several Malayan records in the triple jump, culminating with a jump of 15.38 at the 1959 Police Championships, a national record that lasted until 1986. He also broke the Malayan record in the long jump several times, posting a best mark of 7.15 at the 1962 Asian Games. In 1962 bin Piging again competed at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, placing 10th in the triple jump and 17th in the long jump. He continued to compete into his 40s, winning the 1974 Police Championship in the triple jump. His career was in the police force, and in 2003, he was given the title of Datuk for his achievements, the equivalent of a knighthood.

Personal Bests: LJ – 7.15 (1962); TJ – 15.38 (1959).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Men's Triple Jump North Borneo NBO 24 QR

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics North Borneo Qualifying Round 24 14.55
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics North Borneo Qualifying Round Round One 22 14.47
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics North Borneo Qualifying Round Round Two 23 14.55 14.55
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics North Borneo Qualifying Round Round Three NP foul
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