Perak sprinters break MSSM relay record

ALOR SETAR: For the second year running, the Perak girls’ Under-18 relay team broke the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championships 4x100m meet record.

The quartet of Goh Pei Ching, Noor Eewan Syafiqah, Kang Woan Yee and Kirthana Ramasamy won the race at the Darulaman Stadium last night in a record time of 48.24.

Except for Pei Ching, the other three runners were part of the quartet which created the previous 48.28 record at last year’s meet in Kuantan.

For Noor Eewan and Kirthana, it was their second gold medals in the meet after having earlier won the Under-18 100m and 400m races respectively.

“We were nervous during the race because Terengganu gave us a tough fight right until the end. Breaking the record was never on our mind, so it feels good to know that we managed to better the tournament record for the second year running,” said the second leg runner Noor Eewan.

Terengganu settled for the bronze on 48.54, with Sarawak taking the bronze with a 49.96 finish.

The east coast state did gain some consolation when Noor Amy Lieyna, Azreen Nabila Alias, Zurnadia Azuwana and Nur Hafizuhaini Marzuky bagged the girls’ Under-15 4x100m gold.

Malacca won the boys’ Under-18 4x100m relay while the Selangor boys’ quartets were victorious in both the Under-12 and Under-15 categories.

There was also a new meet record produced by Negri Sembilan’s Devin Roy Vincent in the boys’ Under-15 1,500m event.

Devin won the gold in 4:12.48, to erase Saranraj Sivamani’s meet record of 4:13.77 created four years ago in Johor.

There was some sisterly love present in the girls’ Under-18 1,500m event when Kedah’s Teoh Kim Ling set the pace for her twin Teoh Kim Chyi to win the gold medal.

The sisters, who are both 17 and studying at SMK Amanjaya in Sungai Petani, pulled away from the pack early on, and Kim Chyi went on to take the gold in 4:58.41 despite a late push by Johor’s Sharmila

Sivakumar. Sharmila won the silver in 5:02.99, ahead of Kim Ling (5:04.15), who collapsed after crossing the finish line.

“I don’t mind losing as long as it is my sister who wins.

“I normally give way to my elder sister Kim Chyi to win as she does not like losing,” said Kim Ling after the race.

“We have been running in the same events and competitions since we were small. There were occasions when one of us would withdraw from a race when the other one is injured or unable to compete.”

Kim Chyi had also won the girls’ 800m gold medal during the opening day of the competition on Saturday.

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