The Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletics Association (FTKLAA) have decided to organise more walking competitions.
The FTKLAA secretary Datuk S. Vegiyathuman said they were pleased with the response for the inaugural three-leg circuit.
“The enthusiasm among the participants was encouraging.
“The excellent feedback has given us ample reasons to organise a similar circuit after the fasting month.
“We will discuss the matter at the FTKLAA council before fixing the dates for the circuit. I don’t think we should face any problem in getting support from sponsors.
“Our aim is to get more children to be active in race walking,’’ said Vegiyathuman after the third leg at the Padang Merbok.
About 100 participants, from various age groups, started the event.
In the boys’ 13-15 years age group, Kuala Lumpur Sports Schools’ Muhammad Alif Mubarak Ahmad completed the 5km event in a time of 29:57.
His teammate Izz Armand Shah Baharum was second on 30:22 followed by SMK Taman Medan’s Abdul Aziz Kamaludin on 30:50.
KL Sports School representatives Sharweena Azmal Hamid, Nurilyana Hazmi and Aina Batrisya Abas finished in the top three spots in the girls’ 13-15 years age group.
Sharweena crossed the line at 36:17 to win the gold medal in the 5km walk. Nurilyana was timed 37:11 while Aina Batrisya finished the event in 38:35.
In the primary schools category, catering for the boys 10 to 12 years age group, Kwang Hon Kuala Lumpur’s Khoo Theng Wei was the winner.
The youngster completed the 2.5km walk in 16:10. The second spot went to SK Wangsa Jaya’s Ian Haikal Zali (16:15) while Kwang Hon Kuala Lumpur’s Heng Zi Ming was third on 16:27.
Kwang Hon Kuala Lumpur’s Fantasia Tsue was impressive in the girls’ 10-12 years old age group. She completed the 2.5km distance in a time of 17:28 to win the gold medal. Her teammates — Wong Jing Mun and Low Li Ying — were second and third in 18:07 and 18:10, respectively.
The circuit was supported by Sports Toto Malaysia and Milo. Sports Toto Malaysia assistant communications manager Sherifah Hanom gave away the prizes to the winners.
Sherifah said they had an excellent relationship with FTKLAA and would continue to support junior development programmes.
“It is good to see the children gathering for a walking competition early in the morning. They showed a lot of enthusiasm. The presence of their parents also made the event lively. The technical officials should also be commended for their support towards the event,” she said.
Vegiyathuman said they were also considering organising coaching clinics for primary schoolchildren.
“We have to start them young and teach the correct techniques. It is important for us to nurture them from young,’’ he said.
With Malaysia hosting the SEA Games in 2017, he added, the FTKLAA would be initiating 20km walk events.
“In international competitions, the walking events are 20km and 50km.
“Our walkers must get prepared for the 2017 SEA Games. Since it is being held in Malaysia, our representatives — both the men and women — must be ready for the challenge,’’ said Vegiyathuman
(after the third leg)
13-15: 1. Muhammad Alif Mubarak Ahmad; 2. Izz Armand Shah Baharum; 3. Abdul Aziz Kamaluddin.
10-12: 1. Khoo Teng Wei; Ian Haikal Zali; 3. Heng Zi Meng.
13-15: 1. Nurilyana Hazmi ; 2. Sharweena Abdul Hazmi; 3. Aina Batrisya Abas.
10-12: 1. Fantasia Tsue; 2. Wong Jing Mun; 3. Low Yi Ling.