PERAK’S 4x100m runners signed off in style at the Malaysian Schools Athletics Championships after successfully defending their girls’ under-18 title and breaking their own games record in the process at Darulaman Stadium in Alor Star yesterday.
Kirthana Ramasamy, Noor Eewan Syafiqah Mohd Sabri, Kang Woan Yi and Goh Pei Ching, who replaced the injured Shereen Samson for the final, powered to the gold in 48.24 seconds to erase the 48.28s mark they set in Kuantan last year. The other reserve runner for Perak was Siti Nur Hazirah Razali.
Kirthana, who ran the last leg of the race, said it was a bittersweet moment for her as well as Noor Eewan, Pei Ching and Woan Yi as they will be overaged for the meet next year.
Kirthana, Noor Eewan and Woan Yi were also part of Perak’s winning quartet last year.
“We knew the competition would be tough as all of the teams have been working hard to improve themselves and we really had to be at our best in the final to win it,” said the Bukit Jalil Sports School student, who also won the long jump gold.
“We did not really have much time to train as a team this year as we had only managed to get together here in Kedah and just made the best of what practice we could get.”
Terengganu’s Nazatul Nadira Rusli, Siti Nur Afiqah Abdul Razak, Nurul Athirah Zulkernain and Nur Shahira Muliadi finished second on 48.54s while Sarawak’s Shelma Sharon Anthony James, Beatrice Sim Aik Yeng, Ariana Nurmida Ariffin and Norris Foo (49.96s) took bronze.
Noor Eewan, who had also won the 100m gold earlier in the competition, said she hopes the win will spur her juniors to defend the title for Perak in future editions of the games.
“Perak had not won it for a long time until last year and to win it again and improve on our own record this season makes it a really proud moment for all of us,” said the Perak Sports School student.