The Malaysian Indian Sports and Cultural Foundation (MISCF) Selangor branch took the major honours in the Merdeka Kuala Kubu Baru 21km Road Relay.
They became champions in the four categories – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Junior Under-18 and Boys Junior Under-15. Another team finished third in the Boys Junior Under-15.
This is the first time MISCF Selangor has entered five teams in the event and all of them fared well.
In the Men’s Open category, the MISCF Selangor team comprising M. Govinda, S. Jivarasan, J. Prethib Kumar and G. Sivaneshwaran completed the run in one hour and 14 minutes while Ayam Goreng MCD comprising Anas Rosli, Amirulamin, M. Raagaventhiran and Khiirren Reddy came in second, two minutes later.
Panthers Athletics Club of Perak, represented by S. Maheswaran, Chew Kai Ho, Mhathir Hyder Ali and Rajvinder Singh were third at 1:20:04. The champions received RM1,100 and a trophy.
In the Women’s Open, the MISCF Selangor team comprising S. Sheela, S. Sanggetha, A. Manisha and Pavithra Das completed the race in 1:28:47 to receive RM900 and a trophy.
Second placed were Pacesetters 3.0 comprising Ong Sue Ming, Michelle Looi, Loh Voon Ying and Loh Chooi Fern who returned at 1:36:13 while Powerpuff Girls and Mojojojo represented by Michele Tan Bee Kiang, Ho Kah Mun, Melissa Lim Yi Xin and Chua Kit Yeng came in third at 1:37:33.
In the Men’s Junior category, MISCF Selangor represented by S. Gangesh Raj, G. Devan, K. Sankaran and S. Thirsenkumar got RM700 and a trophy for their win. Star One SMK KKB came in second while Runner Never Quit came in third.
In the Boys Junior category, the MISCF Selangor first team of S. Devesshraja, R. Kishortharan, J. Kishan and M. Avineshwer Austin received RM600 and a trophy for being the champions while their second team comprising P. Sudhan, V. Vijaya Darshan, P. Prasheelan and R. Movin received RM250 for coming in third. Second place went to Kelab Olahraga Garuda Ipoh represented by M. Moganakumaran, K. Mateish, Saran Gopal and B. Saran Raj.
In the Women’s Junior category, Fly Fly Girls were the champions with Persatuan Modal Insan Kaum India Larut Matang & Selama and Malaysian Indian Football Association, Hulu Selangor in second and third places, respectively.
Selangor XC Runner were the winners in the Girls Junior category followed by Kelab Olahraga Garuda Ipoh and PJVG Girls Team (SMDHK KKB) in second and third places respectively.
A beaming manager T. Indran, said the athletes had been training hard under the guidance of coach M. Arul Thevar for the past two months.
“I believe their athletes’ participation in the Sukan India Malaysia (Sukim) for the past two years gave them an advantage over other teams.”
“This clearly shows that Sukim benefitted our athletes,” he said.
Indran, who is MISCF Selangor chairman, said they would continue to give their athletes opportunities to participate in other competitions in the country.
The Merdeka Kuala Kubu Baru 21km Road Relay is the brainchild of former national middle-distance runner B. Rajkumar. It was organised with the aim to encourage more athletes to take up the sport as well as see the revival of Road Races in Malaysia.
In the event last Saturday at the Hulu Selangor Mini Stadium, Kuala Kubu Baru, each team comprised a relay of four runners, with each runner running for 5.25km.
A timing chip was affixed to the baton and each runner’s time was accurately recorded.
A total of 88 teams took part in the six categories – Men’s Open (13 teams), Women’s Open (8), Men’s Junior (18), Women’s Junior (18), Boys Junior (21) and Girls Junior (10).
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/community-sports/2017/09/07/fruitful-outing-for-selangor-runners-states-miscf-contingent-win-in-four-categories-at-road-relay-ev/#OJ8MjhVuRSLKiQGh.99