POLICE’s Noor Amelia Musa was named the Best Female Athlete in the Malaysian Government Services Sport Council (Maksak) athletics championships held at the Educity Stadium in Nusajaya, Johor.
Noor Amelia, who is also expected to be in the Malaysian contingent at the South-East Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore next month, won three gold medals and set two new meet records.
Her gold medals came in the 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m. She set records in the 1,500m (4:46.55) and 5,000m (18:05.55).
Police athletics convenor Dr A Vasu said they were pleased with Noor Amelia’s impressive results in the championships.
“We won nine gold medals and she contributed three.
“We are also happy with her selection for the SEA Games. We hope to see her do well in the regional Games as well,’’ said Vasu.
Besides Noor Amelia, Emilia Jamil, Shaharudin Hashim, Liong Sau Lai and Sahar Asmuni also won gold medals.
Emilia’s golds came in the junior veterans 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase.
Shaharudin, who had previously represented Malaysia at the SEA Games, won gold in the junior veterans 1,500,
Sau Lai won golds in the junior veterans 100m and shot put, while Sahar’s gold came in the senior veterans 1,500m.
Besides the nine golds, Police also won 11 silver and 15 bronze medals.
Vasu also singled out Camilus David, who clinched a silver in the men’s long jump with an impressive leap of 7.18m.
“Camilus should be considered for the SEA Games. He was up against some of the best long jumpers and came away with a silver and also good distance,’’ noted Vasu.
Sixteen teams – Armed Forces, Police, Prisons, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang, Sarawak, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Terengganu, Malacca and Labuan – took part in the three-day championships.
Armed Forces were crowned the overall champions with 822 points followed by Police (491 points) and Prisons (206 points), respectively.
Johor’s Muhammad Iqbal Hakim Mustaffa Kamal was voted Best Male Athlete after setting a new record of 4.2m in the pole vault.
Nine new records were created at the championships – two by the men and seven by the women.
The men were Shaharudin and Muhammad Iqbal, while the women record-breakers were S. Komalam Shally (100m), Nurul Faezah Asma Maslan (400m), Noor Amelia (1,500m and 5,000m), Norena Damnoen (triple jump), M. Gangga (hammer) and Siau Lai (100m junior veteran)
Vasu said they were happy with the team’s overall second place as they only had a 10-day centralised training programme to prepare for the event.
“It was not easy gathering athletes from all over for centralised training,” he said. But despite this, we managed to take second spot.
“Our athletes should be praised for their dedication and commitment,’’ added Vasu.