Perak’s Noor Eewan Syafiqah strikes the Usain Bolt victory pose after shattering a 15-year-old record in the girls’ Under-18 200m race at the MSSM championships in 25.00.
ALOR SETAR: Perak’s Noor Eewan Syafiqah lifted a self-imposed ban on striking the “Usain Bolt victory pose” after smashing the 15-year-old record in the girls’ Under-18 200m at the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championships at the Darulaman Stadium.
The 17-year-old SMK Gunung Rapat Ipoh student won in 25.00, erasing the previous 25.03 timing set by Nik Norazura Mahmud of Terengganu in 1999.
It was Noor Eewan’s third triumph, having already bagged the gold in the 100m and the 4x100m, in which she helped the Perak team break the meet record.
“I had a habit of striking Usain Bolt’s famous pose after winning in school and district level competitions. But I stopped doing it last year after one of my teachers said that I should only show off after accomplishing a significant feat,” said Noor Eewan.
“After breaking a 15-year-old MSSM record and winning the Under-18 sprint double, I think I can resume posing like my idol Bolt.”
The lanky sprinter, who missed out on a fourth gold after Perak could only settle for the silver in the Under-18 4x400m, attributed her success to a change of state.
The Perak-born athlete was studying in Selangor, where her parents worked, until two years ago when she moved back to her home state.
“I did not even make it to the Selangor squad for the MSSM. But the change of environment, coaches and training in Ipoh have done wonders to my form,” said Noor Eewan.
“I was confident of winning the 200m gold, but never expected to shatter the 15-year record. This is by far my best performance over the distance.”
Noor Eewan’s feat was one of six records to fall on the final day of the championships on Wednesday.
Johor’s Nor Aliyah Rahman set a new record of 26.84 en route to victory in the girls’ Under-12 200m to rewrite her own 27.27 mark set last year.
In the girls’ Under-12 4x200m, the Sabah quartet of Rujiah Jahamin, Aveyenda Aron, Callista Violetta Audin and Jaenisa Mutin erased Johor’s four-year-old 1:52.19 record with a 1:51.40 finish.
There was also a new meet record set in the girls’ Under-15 4x400m, with Kuala Lumpur’s Mandy Phang, Intan Sarah Anisah, Winnie Eng and Zaimah Atifah taking the gold in 4:04.03, 0:53 seconds faster than Terengganu’s record set in Kuantan last year.
The Terengganu girls’ Under-18 4x400m runners Siti Nur Afiqah, Nabilah Syazwina, Nur Shahira and Nazatul Nadira became the first relay team to dip below four minutes in the event after a 3:57.07 finish. The previous 4:00.81 MSSM record was set by Johor in 2010.
The final meet record was set by the Selangor boys’ Under-15 4x400m team of Muhd Nur Faris Johari, Muhd Aidil Amin, Muhd Ilham Suhaimi and Willy Gew. The quartet clocked 3:27.33 to better the old record of 3:29.50 set by Johor in 2010.
With the win, Willy also became the only athlete in this year’s meet to win four golds.
Prior to the 4x400m victory, the 15-year-old SMK Tengku Ampuan Klang student had also won in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.
“I could not have asked for more because I won in every event I competed in. It is satisfying, but also tiring at the same time because as I had to run eight times (in the heats and finals) over five days. I need to take a short break before going back to school when I return home,” said Willy.