PERAK became the overall champions in the athletics championships in Sukim 2016.
In the three-day championships organised by the Malaysian Indian Sports and Cultural Foundation (MISCF), at the USIM Sports Complex in Nilai, Perak amassed eight gold, seven silver and four bronze medals.
Johor, last year’s champions, settled for the second spot with six gold, four silver and three bronze medals while Kuala Lumpur finished third with four gold,two silver and three bronze medals.
It was an impressive outing for Perak as they are looking at the athletes to be groomed for the 2018 Malaysia Games in Ipoh. Perak chief coach K. Jayabalan said they had excellent support from the Perak State Sports Council.
“With the Perak State Sports Council’s support, we had organised a series of trials to identify potential athletes for the 2018 Malaysia Games. We were impressed with the youngsters who had joined the trials.
“Now we have to look ahead to get them ready to be part of Perak’s athletics team in the 2018 Malaysia Games,’’ said Jayabalan.
Perak’s gold medals came from B. Gokhul Raj (men’s 1,500m), D. Yuvanesh Nair (men’s shot putt), P. Yogashree (women’s 100m and long jump); P. Nivedya (women’s 800m); P. Losiniraaga (women’s 1,500m) and the women’s 4x100m and women’s 4x400m.
Yogashree showed her potential by winning four gold medals. Her first came in the women’s long jump when she touched 5.10m. She also won the gold medal in the women’s 100m in a time of 13.2 and was a member of the 4x100m and 4x400m gold medal winning relay team.
Gokhul Raj, besides winning the men’s 1,500m gold, also won a bronze in the 800m.
Jayabalan said they would be organising a series of training sessions to monitor the athletes’ progress.
“Most of the athletes are students. We don’t want them to fade away. We would like to see them excel in their studies too. We have informed the Perak State Sports Council on our plans and they are receptive.
“We have to initiate several programmes to keep these young athletes active. It would be wise for the MISCF to make the championships an Under-20 age group one for next year. The athletes would get a chance to gauge their progress for the 2018 Malaysia Games,’’ added Jayabalan.
Former international M. Ramachandran, who holds the national 5,000m and 10,000m records, said the championships served as a ideal platform to identify new talents.
“Many of them were students. They were well prepared for the championships. It is our responsibility to nurture them to excel in their respective events,’’ said Ramachandran.
MISCF chairman Datuk T. Mohan said they were pleased with the response to the athletics championships.
“As there were financial constraints, we had to limit the number of events. But the number of participants in each event has increased. We will look into adding more events next year. We would like to see these athletes representing their states in the Malaysia Games and eventually, the country,’’ said Mohan.
100m: 1. T. Vethytharan (Pah) 11.3; 2. K. Heyeshsham (Prk) 11.5; 3. N. Samintaraj (Joh) 11.7.
400m: 1. G. Poovinnsegaran (Kul) 49.2; 2. G. Ananthavarma (Prk) 52.0; 3. P. Prasaanth (Joh) 52.2.
800m: 1. B. Ashwin (Joh) 1:57.1; 2. G. Poovinnsegaran (Kul) 1:57.6; 3. B. Gokhul Raj (Prk) 2:00.1.
1,500m: 1. B. Gokhul Raj (Prk) 4:18.0; 2. S. Jivarasan (Sel) 4:19.4; 3. G. Sivaneswaran (Kul) 4:28.1.
5,000m: 1.G. Sivaneswaran (Kul) 16:24.3; 2. S. Maniselvam (Prk) 16:40.2; 3. R. Suresh Kumar (Nse) 16:42.7.
10,000m walk: 1. P. Denesh Kumar (Joh) 59:55; 2. M. Ravines (Pen) 1’00:20; 3. P. Hariharan (Pen) 1’00:45.
4x100m: 1. Johor 44.8; 2. Perak 45.2; 3. Penang 45.6.
4x400m: 1. Johor 3:27.5; 2. Perak 3:31.7; 3. Kuala Lumpur 3:32.4.
Long Jump: 1. C. Prasaanth (Joh) 6.34m; 2. P. Premnanthand (Prk) 6.32m; 3. P. Arvind (Nse) 6.14m.
High Jump: 1. K. Yoges (Mal) 1.83m; 2. L. Lavindran (Kul) 1.83m; 3. N. Suriya (Sel) 1.68m.
Shot putt: 1. D. Yuvanesh Nair (Prk) 11.85m; 2. R. Tybendrraj Arwind(Nse) 11.46m; 3. Tay Chee Seang (Mal) 10.61m.
100m: 1. P. Yogashree (Prk) 13.2; 2. M. Urumila (Ked) 13.4; 3. S. Leydia Kumar Rai (Pen) 13.6.
400m:1. M. Urumila (Ked) 62.5; 2. P. Nivedya (Prk) 64.9; 3. G. Shalini (Kul) 65.3.
800m: 1. P. Nivedya (Prk) 2:38.7; 2. S. Thurga Devi (Mal) 2:41.0; 3. M. Vattchala (Pen) 2:44.5.
1,500m: 1. P. Losiniraaga (Prk) 5:36.5; 2. P. Kothanayagi (Nse) 5:51.6; 3. L. Kirthana (Prk) 6:02.8
5,000m: 1. S. Kausegi (Pen) 21:22.2; 2. B. Priyanka (Joh) 23:03.0; 3. M. Shalini (Prk) 23:22.1.
10,000m walk: 1. B. Priyanka (Joh) 1’01:30; 2. S. Kausegi (Pen) 1’09.29; 3. S. Shuganiyah (Ked) 1’12:02.
4x100m: 1. Perak 53.8; 2. Johor 54.6; 3. Penang 56.6.
4x400m: 1. Perak 4:28.6; 2. Johor 4:30.0; 3. Penang 4:43.7.
Long Jump: 1. P. Yogashree (Prk) 5.10m; 2. M. Urumila (Ked) 5.07m; 3. T. Yassiri Nagaadevi (Joh) 4.68m.
High Jump: 1. S. Shameta Juana Raj (Kul) 1.40m; 2. M. Nanthini (Joh) 1.40m; 3. S. Yamunah (Pen) 1.40m.
Shot putt: 1. N. Vithaya (Kul) 7.77m; 2. M. Prevenna (Pah) 7.04m; 3. R. Sivasangari (Prk) 6.92m.