Noor Amelia Musa (centre) with Danielle Nant (left) and Tan Zijill with their prozes
FORMER international Noor Amelia Musa was in her element when she won the women’s Open category in the Mizuno Wave Run in Putrajaya.
Noor Amelia, who is attached to the police, completed the 16km race in an impressive time of 1’05:43.51 to finish ahead of New Zealand’s Danielle Nant (1’11:26.25) and Tan Zijill (1’22:42.97)
It was an interesting race as both Noor Emelia and Danielle were involved in an intense battle from the halfway mark. However Noor Amelia, a seasoned runner, managed to increase the pace and hit the finishing line first.
Former international walker Yuan Yufang made her presence felt in the women’s Veteran section. She completed in the 16km run in a time of 1’11:13.18. Another Malaysian, Tan Chiew Kwee, was second in 1’12:17.29 followed by Japan’s Yasuko Hosotani (1’15:58.44) in third place.
In the men’s Open category, the top three spots went to foreign participants. Kenya’s John Kipkorir won the top spot in 54:18.85. The runner-up was Greece’s Michail Anastasis Xenos in 54:33.84 while another Kenyan, Julius Kiptalam Kimuge was third with a 55:20.14 time finish.
The Mizuno Wave Run was organised by World of Sports to reward loyal customers as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle among Malaysians.
World of Sports senior sales manager Glenny Da Costa said the event, first initiated nine years ago, had grown into a major road race in the country.
“We started as a 7km run. But over the years and due to requests from participants, we have increased the distance to 16km. This year about 5,000 participants took part.
“We are pleased with the response. The positive feedback from them is encouraging and we will look into ways to make the event more interesting and exciting next year,’’ said Glenny.
Former international S. Ganesan won the gold medal in the men veteran’s 10km run. He led all the way from the start and hit the finishing line in a time of 36:32.20. Casey was timed 37:35.61 enroute to his second place while the third spot went to Honda Takashi in 43:15.37.
Mizuno was the title sponsor with World of Sport, Revive, KT Tape, Gardenia Bakery, Nestle Fitness Cereal, Powerbar, Perskindol, Ebene and Thorlo also supporting the event.
Glenny said they were grateful to the sponsors for making the event a success.
Open: 1. John Kipkorir Rutio 54:18.85; 2. Michail Anastasis Xenos 54:33.84; 3. Julius Kiptalam Kimuge 55:20.14.
Veteran: 1. Moey Wooi San 1’05:43.51; 2. Kok Meng Cheu 1’06:26.17; 3. S. Munintaran 1’06:36.15
Open: 1. Noor Amelia Musa 1’07:33.09; 2. Danielle Nant 1’11:26.25; 3. Tan Zijill 1’22:42.97.
Veteran: 1. Yuan Yufang 1’11:13.18; 2. Tan Chiew Kwee 1’12:17.29; 3. Yasuko Hosotani 1’15:58.44
Open: 1. Lili Suhairi Md Yang Ghazali 35:50.02; 2. Loh Chwan Chyin 36:09.70; 3. Jeffrey Ross36:44.98.
Veteran: 1. S, Ganesan 36:32.20; 2. Casey 37:35.61; 3. Honda Takashi 43:15.37
Open: 1. Adele Wong Li Peng 45:04.75; 2. Colleen Rosanna Augustin 45:55.18; 3. Wong Jia Yi 48:34.98
Veteran: 1. Tan Pei Leng 47:57.61; 2. Kamila Gallagher 50:38.14; 3. Lim Lee Ping 51:50.88