SPIRITED: Athletes continue impressive show in gloomy weather
THE rain continued to drench the Malaysian Schools Athletic Championships in Alor Star, but it did not stop the participants from breaking records at Darulaman Stadium.
Sarawak’s Grace Wong showed great maturity to notch a double yesterday by winning the girls’ under-15 discus in the morning, which was originally scheduled for Sunday night but postponed due to rain, and the shot put in the afternoon.
Sabah’s Andre Anura, who broke the boys’ under-15 long jump games record en route to winning it on Sunday, notched his second gold of the competition when he won the triple jump in a new games mark of 14.29m. The previous record of 14.26m, set in 2009, belonged to Jvan De Jvender Johwas of Sabah.
Dave Roy Amit (Sabah) and Muhammad Amzar Syahmie Mohd Zaim (Kedah) finished second and third on 13.59m and 13.32m respectively.
Pahang’s Luqmanul Hakim Khairul Akmal had late on Sunday broken the games record of 50.06s (set by Cheah Yau Chung, Perak, 2012) in the boys’ under-15 400m when he won in 49.79s. Mohd Afiq Ikmal Ramali of Kedah (50.54s) and Selangor’s Muhammad Aidil Amin Ahmad Shah (51.28s) took silver and bronze respectively.
Luqmanul Hakim, who on Saturday took the 400m title in record time, said it was mission accomplished for this edition as far as he was concerned.
“Mohd Afiq and I have been racing each other for some time and he is also a very good runner, so it was quite a tough race for me,” said the 14-year-old, who also competed in the 4x100m final late yesterday.
“I came here expecting to set new records and the way things have gone for me, there not much more I can ask for.