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Monday September 2, 2013 MYT 9:47:53 AM
by christopher tanphotos by gary chen
IT was double joy for a pair of twin sisters from Sungai Petani, Kedah, when they emerged champion and runner-up in the Girls Junior category of the Komtar Tower Run 2013 in Penang.
The elder twin, Teoh Kim Chi, 16, from SMK Aman Jaya, said this was the first time she and her sister had taken part in the run.
“We had been training since two years ago. We trained for about three hours, twice a day, every day,” she said after receiving a trophy and RM500 at the prize-giving ceremony at the Komtar Geodesic Dome yesterday.
Kim Chi said she took part in the National Schools (MSSM) Athletics Championship for Under-18 this year and won silver in the 1,500m run. She also won bronze in the 800m run.
Her younger twin, Kim Ling, said they normally trained in school – on the field or the staircase – and sometimes up a hill.
“We would like to thank our coach for his guidance,” she said, adding that she took part in the MSSM 6km cross-country competition this year and finished in 19th spot.
Kim Ling took home RM400 and a trophy for coming in second in the category, clocking 18:53s behind Kim Chi’s 18:51s.
Third placing went to SMK Pelita International School student Ooi
Yuu Mei, 16, who won RM300 and a trophy.
For the International Men cate-gory, Kenyan David Kiptanui Chepkwony, 36, clocked 13:26s to come in first, defeating fellow countryman Isaac Kiplagat Kimayo, 26, who was the champion in last year’s Allianz Penang Bridge International marathon Men Open category.
Chepkwony won RM1,000 and a trophy while Kimayo, who clocked 14:01s, took home RM800 and a trophy. Musyori Maurice Mutinda, 26, also from Kenya, was third, bagging RM600 and a trophy in 14:09s.
Chepkwony’s younger sister Carolyne, 28, clocked 16:18s to win the Women Open category, taking home RM1,000 and a trophy.
Second placing went to Karen Goh with a time of 18:17s, while Nur Hamizah Idris came in third (19:23s). They won RM800 and RM600 respectively and a trophy each.
The other categories contested were Men Open, Boys Junior, Women Veteran and Men Veteran.
Veteran runner Khoo Quah Gua, 79, received souvenirs for being the oldest contestant.
Khoo said this was his fourth participation in the Komtar Tower Run.
“I did not take part when it was first launched. But I took an interest in it and participated in the second event onwards.
“It’s a tiring affair but I always tell myself not to give up and look down on myself. That gave me the strength to compete with the younger runners in the competition,” he said, adding that he hiked to Penang Hill every Sunday to improve his stamina.
He added that he used to take part in the Penang Bridge Run and other competitions when he was young.
Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik said 1,390 participants took part in this year’s event, making it the largest participation since its launch four years ago.
The 1.84km run started from Lebuh Tek Soon (in front of Maybank in Jalan Penang) and passed through Jalan Penang, Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, Lebuh McNair and Jalan Magazine before heading back to Lebuh Tek Soon where the runners took the stairs beside Maybank to reach Level 60.
Also present was Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng.
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