Aaliyah bags Asian Under-17 waterskiing title in Perth


PETALING JAYA: It was a day of mixed fortunes for young Malaysian water skiing talent Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah.

The teenager bagged her fourth straight Asian Under-17 title but missed out on defending her Asian Open category tricks event crown in Perth on Thursday.

The 11-year-old Aaliyah, who led the way in the first round of the Open category tricks event, fell 40 points short in her title defence as she could only manage 4,190 points in windy conditions to settle for the silver.

The final was brought forward from Saturday to Thursday in order to replace the slalom events as the weather was deemed unfavourable for slalom. This saw China’s Jiang Hui taking the title with 4,230 points while New Zealand’s Rachel Donaldson finished third with 3,580 points.

Because it is a joint championship between the Asian and Oceanian federations, 13-year-old Malaysian skier Arianna Chow, who finished fourth in the Open category, also picked up a bronze courtesy of being the top three Asian competitors.

Aaliyah made amends for the silver by winning the Under-17 category of the tricks event, leading Malaysia to a one-two finish en route to her fourth straight Asian Under-17 title.

Aaliyah took the gold with a 5,850 total while Arianna was second on 3,870 points.

Aaliyah’s younger brother – eight-year-old Aiden – also finished strongly in the Under-17 tricks event, with 2,250 points to take home a silver behind Indonesia’s Suprihono Dimas Ridho (3,170).


   

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