20 records shattered at meet


BY NG WEI LOONweiloon@thestar.com.myPhotos by GLENN GUAN 

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Nur Hafizah Najehah Md Ali from SK Taman Setiawangsa stole the show at the Kuala Lumpur Schools Sports Council (MSSKL) Keramat Zone Athletics Championships that concluded at the National Stadium last week. 

The pint-sized sprinter, better known as “Apache,” clocked 13.7 seconds in the girls’ Under-12 100m to better the MSSKL record of 13.8 seconds and broke the previous meet record of 14.24. 

In the 200m, she erased the old mark of 31.42 seconds with a new meet record of 29.5 seconds. In addition, she won a bronze with her school’s 4x200m quartet. 

SMK Setapak Tinggi reclaimed the MSSKL Keramat Zone secondary schools' crown from defendingchampion SMK Puteri Ampang.

“I am happy with my performance. I have been training regularly since last year. My next aim is to improve on my personal best at the state meet,” said Hafizah, who is the third of five siblings. 

Hafizah’s feat was a vast improvement on her performance at the zone meet last year, when she managed only a gold medal in the 200m. 

“Since identifying her talent at our school sports, we have been grooming her over the past two years,” said SK Taman Setiawangsa chief coach Nazri Ariffin. 

Nazri, at helm as the school’s athletics coach for the third consecutive year, had more reasons to be overjoyed. In the past 15 years of participation in the meet, the school’s best achievement was clinching one gold and six silver medals.  

SK Taman Setiawangsa collected six gold, one silver and three bronze medals to capture the primary schools' overall title for the first time. 

“It took us two years to shape the team. This is a great achievement in the school’s history. Our students are committed to attaining the goal and the parents gave their full backing,” he said, crediting school headmaster Ruslan Madon’s support for the success. 

Besides Hafizah’s double gold, the school also won gold medals in the girls’ high jump, boys’ high jump and boys’ 80m hurdles. 

“I picked up the high jumping technique during the Malaysia Amateur Athletic Association (MAAU) Level 1 coaching course and managed to impart the knowledge to our jumpers. We dominated the high jump event through Nur Hafizah Faroze Khan and Alif Ahmad in the girls’ and boys’ categories, respectively,” added Nazri, who was assisted by Hanizu Husin and Jailani Mat Desa. 

About 1,000 students from 33 primary and 22 secondary schools took part in the four-day meet. 

In view of the heavy downpour during the afternoon session before the closing ceremony, Federal Territory Education Department director Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim decided to call off the meet’s final two races – the girls’ and boys’ 4x400m relays.  

“The students' safety is our main priority. When I was on my way to the stadium, the thunderstorm and lightning was dreadful. We were aware that the students were looking forward to witnessing the senior relays as the grand finale but we were not prepared to compromise their well-being for a perfect conclusion to the meet. The two races will be re-scheduled for another day next week at the SMK Seri Permaisuri track,” said Noor Rezan. 

The outcome of the two relays would have made no difference to the overall results, however, as SMK Setapak Tinggi took an unassailable lead in the standings with 16 gold, six silver and one bronze medals. SMK Puteri Ampang came second (11-7-9), followed by SMK Convent Bukit Nanas in third (8-8-6). 

Having lost the secondary overall crown to SMK Puteri Ampang last year on difference in silver medals, SMK Setapak Tinggi, represented by 22 athletes, worked hard to wrest the secondary overall crown back. 

“We have been training five days a week, two hours per session, since last year. We are pleased that our students have shown their willingness to train. We exposed our Form 1 and Form 2 students to multi-athletics disciplines such as jumping, throwing and running start them on specialised training only when they are in Form 3,” said SMK Setapak Tinggi chief coach Tajudin Abdullah. 

A total of 20 records were shattered in five categories – all except the girls’ Under-18 category. The boys’ Under-18 category alone registered six new meet records. 

“We are impressed with the increase in records broken, especially in the boys’ Under-18,” said Tajudin, who is also the Keramat zone secondary school athletics technical chairman. 

The MSSKL state-level meet was held at the SMK Seri Permaisuri track yesterday and it will be followed by a three-day meet at National Stadium in Bukit Jalil from April 17 to 19.  

“Our zone meet conducted just a week prior to the MSSKL state meet serves as a warm-up for the athletes. We hope that they can maintain their form leading up to the state meet,” said Tajudin. 

Last year, Keramat zone finished last of four zones behind Bangsar, Pudu and Sentul. 

“We do not really know the strength of the other zones. We are not putting any pressure on our athletes to deliver, but we want to avoid finishing last again this year,” Tajudin added. 

RESULTS  

OVERALL STANDINGS 

 

Primary: 1. SK Taman Setiawangsa (5-1-3), 2. SK Setapak Indah 3. SK Jalan Gurney 1 (2-3-3) 

Secondary: 1. SMK Setapak Tinggi (16-6-1), 2. SMK Puteri Ampang (11-7-9), 3. SMK Convent Bukit Nanas (8-8-6) 

 

BEST PERFORMERS 

 

GIRLS’ 

Under-12: Nur Hafizah Najehah Md Ali (SK Taman Setiawangsa) 

Under-15: Shamal Jeanne Chandra (SMK Wangsa Maju) 

Under-18: Irina Marsilla Nasaruddin (SMK Convent Bukit Nanas) 

 

BOYS’ 

Under-12: Ihlam Hambali (SK Setapak Indah) 

Under-15: Helmi Shukri (SMK Setapak Tinggi) 

Under-18: Yuhanis Hidayat Masri Anwar (SMK Setapak Tinggi) 

 

RECORD BREAKERS 

 

EVENT       NAME       SCHOOL       OLD       NEW 

 

Girls’ Under-12 

100m       Nur Hafizah Najehah Md Ali       SK Taman Setiawangsa       14.24s       13.7s 

200m       Nur Hafizah Najehah Md Ali       SK Taman Setiawangsa       31.42s       29.68s 

Long Jump       Fateen Azleen Daud       SK Danau Kota       4.11m       4.41m 

 

Girls’ Under-15 

100m Hurdles       Jamilah Hayatun       MK Convent Bukit Nanas       20.91s       19.6s 

400m       Noryusniza       SMK Puteri Ampang       74.11s       73.8s 

Discus       Fifin Rufika Mat Irsar       SMK Padang Tembak       18.80m       19.15m 

4x400m              SMK Puteri Ampang       5:21.20min       5:09.3min 

 

Boys’ Under-12 

100m       Ilham Hambali       SK Setapak Indah       13.21s       13.0s 

200m       Mohd Naquiddin Bahaman       SK Desa Tun Husein Onn       28.21s       27.9s 

4x200m              SK Setapak Indah       1:58.75min       1:56.1min 

 

Boys’ Under-15 

100m       Helmi Shukri        SMK Setapak Tinggi       11.54s       11.76s 

200m       Helmi Shukri       SMK Setapak Tinggi       24.50       23.46 

800m        Mohd Faizs       SMK Seri Ampang       2:21.44min       2:21.40min 

4x100m              SMK Setapak Tinggi       48.20min        47.1min 

 

Boys’ Under-18 

200m       Muhd Akmal       SMK Setapak Tinggi       23.80s       23.2s 

800m       Abd Hadi       SMK Wangsa Melawati       2:18.68min       2:16.2min 

1500m       Surenthiran       SMK St John       4:53.13min       4:34min 

5000m       Surenthiran       SMK St John       18:57.2min        18.25min 

110 Hurdles       Akmal       SMK Setapak Tinggi       17.58s       16.2s 

High Jump       Yuhanis Hidayat Masri Anwar       SMK Setapak Tinggi       1.73m       1.83m  

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