He only used ‘ADIDAS KAMPUNG’, but still won the Climbathon ’07

Have you heard about ‘Adidas Kampung’? It’s a Made-In-China rubber shoes that is widely available here in Malaysia – black color shoes with 4 stripes of either white or yellow or even black in color. And some have studs too. For those who have climbed Mount Kinabalu before, you will surely notice it – as most of the porters and guides wears this shoes up and down the mountain, almost everyday to earn a living.

Adidas Kampung

I was not aware of the uniqueness of this shoes until I found out the news today. 21st Mount Kinabalu Climbathon 2007 ended last Sunday. Everybody knew that Spaniards won both the title, for men and women. I just don’t feel like posting the results of the climbathon, as you can get it elsewhere, mostly from online newspaper.

What struck me was, Safrey Sumping, a Mount Kinabalu mountain guide, got fourth place on the men’s open event. And he is the first Malaysian/Asian who won this race edition – WITH A PAIR OF ADIDAS KAMPUNG!!!

I read Borneo Post newspaper this morning, and feel very touched with his spirit. He even received a pair of running shoes from Agusti, the second place winner of the event, at the end of the Climbathon after Agusti spotted Safrey was wearing ‘Adidas Kampung’. (Some said that it’s the shoes that Agusti wears during the race).

Safrey Sumping

No mountain high enough: Malaysian participant Safrey Sumping reaching the top of Mount Kinabalu to clinch the fourth place in the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon- The Star

I wonder how the result of the event will be, if Safrey use the proper mountain running shoes to participate!

I think Malaysian football team & athletes should follow his spirit. And to me, that’s the true “Malaysia Boleh” spirit!

And Good Luck for Safrey too, as he is set to become the first Malaysian to take part in the prestigious Federation for Sports at Altitude’s (FSA) Buff Sky-Runner World Series Championship.

Malaysia Boleh, Bah!

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About drizad

A self employed General Practitioner who lives with his lovely family in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He dedicates his spare time serving people with precious information on climbing the Majestic Mountain of the Borneo, Mt Kinabalu. Reachable at drizad(at)gmail.com

32 thoughts on “He only used ‘ADIDAS KAMPUNG’, but still won the Climbathon ’07

  1. ben

    Ever since the climbathon started years ago, I read in the papers that this type of shoe is the favourite among the locals.

  2. ben

    Actually, if I remembered it correctly, in a newsreport several years ago one of the local runners said they preferred Adidas Kampung even after trying on other shoes, because its the best shoe for the terrain.

  3. cindy

    Actually.. back in Kunak, a lot of the labourers wear those shoes. I remember complaining to my dad few years back that I didn’t have any proper shoes for the school sport’s day. My dad suggested me to get those Adidas kampung.. and I cried.

    Maybe I should’ve tried them. I might end up as Olahragawati! :mrgreen:

  4. Jong

    we are wearing kampung adidas for our sunday hike in kuching since last year, very comfortable,easy to wash and dry

  5. dominic

    happy everybody start 2 alert of it now, back in 80’s it’s commonly used in my hunting n jungle trips, it’s a wonderful gear, try it yourself!

  6. dominic

    happy everybody start 2 alert of it now, back in 80’s it’s commonly used in my hunting n jungle trips, it’s a wonderful gear, try it yourself!

  7. Wong Wai Yong

    Really congratulations to Safrey to won 4th in Climbathon 2007. He actually improved his own time record compare to last year! After I read this post sent by Mr. Drizad only I know Safrey wear only Kg Adidas shoes! Safrey Sumping had been my Mt Kinabalu mountain guide for several times… He is very humble, gentle and helpful ! haha, I met him during Climabthon 2007 after he finished his race, he very happy called ” hi hi Wong “.. I never thought that such famous him nowaday will still remember me and call me even though that time many reporter want to talk to him! I am very touchful, as I am just a DNF runner who want to take a photo with him..hehe… Safrey also had “free” carry my UMS students for many times when they can’t climb Mt Kinabalu! Safrey not only carry them descending Mt Kinabalu, but ASCENDING Mt Kinabalu ! I got one time saw it with my own eyes that he carried my friend weight 50kg from Villosa Shelter to Laban Rata !!!!!! and yet he don’t want to receive any payment from my friend! He said “pelajar tiada duit, saya ikhlas, dia pun tidak berat”…hehe, if my backpack more than 6kg, i nearly half die to climb Mt Kinabalu lor… and Safrey said 50kg ” tidak berat” ? can u imagine that? haha…he is Superman of Malaysia!

  8. ben

    You’ll find many people like Safrey in the interior. I’ve experienced these myself many times over the years. This has its good points of course, but in some cases this could be a con point.

  9. guapo_guapo

    hi, we always read your write-ups regarding the Mt Kinabalu Climbathon, very informative. My friends joined this year 22nd Climbathon and some finished the race before cut-off and others DNF. :).. Can I ask a favor, do you have a copy of 2007 race results for all men’s category and womens finishers. kindly send it to my e-mail address.

    Thanks, I would appreciate if you could grant my requests

    from Singapore .. Ronald

  10. stephers

    I just climbed the mountain 2 weeks ago, wearing Adidas Kampung and I had Safrey as my Guide.

    When I read all the comments about him, it brought a smile to my face, because I think he is super patient, humble and sincere. I might not have made it to the peak if it wasn’t for his encouragement and assurances. 🙂

    PS: I fell in love with the mountain and I absolutely want to go back! 😀

  11. wan ariff

    See… I told you already …’adidas kampung’ is a real story that you can write about . May be you should consider to write about it in your ”book’ too yaa. am not sure if you are the one who introduce the term ‘adidas kampung’…

  12. drizad Post author

    @ wan ariff:

    The term ‘adidas kampung’ has been there for so long. I just brought it up in the internet. Try to Google that term. This post is usually in the first page…

  13. Peter. H.

    Found this through my daughter in Japan. So glad. Lived in Sabah in 1972-3 as a CUSO (Canadian) volunteer working Kinabalu (National) Park as it was called. Only one trip back in 1991. Hope to return one day. This site is a fantastic window to my second “home”. Better than Wikipedia for the real stories.

    Just saw the brief clip on the climbing race and was astounded by the times posted. In 1972, the Gurkhas took a little less than 4 hours up. How is it done now? Sure wish I had a pair of those shoes. I wore Bata (originally a Canadian brand) shoes as they were the cheapest and needed replacement regularly as they rotted out living at 5000 ft.

    Now living in the frozen godown of Ottawa (national capital) Canada.

    Banyak terimakasi for your site work

  14. Smelly Feet

    Kampung Adidas is the shit! actually your feet smell like shit after using it in a hot day 😉

  15. yuen

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    The shoes size from 36-43,means 3-10,in men’s cutting,quite big for girl.It costs RM6.90 per pair.All sizes are available… Got many types here : )

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