BANGSAR regained the top spot in the Kuala Lumpur Schools Sports Council (MSSKL) athletics championships at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil recently.
After the four-day championships, Bangsar amassed 31 gold, 22 silver and 26 bronze medals and dethroned defending champion Pudu.
Pudu settled for the second spot (27-23-20) followed by Sentul and Keramat in third (17-23-19) and fourth (13-20-23) place respectively.
Bangsar chief coach Mohd Faizal Mohd Nor attributed their success to thorough selection and a well-planned training programme.
“After losing to Pudu in a closely-contested affair last year, we were determined to bounce back strongly. Our secondary school athletes contributed tremendously for us to reclaim the overall title,” he added.
In addition, the Bangsar quartets provided the icing on the cake and swept three of the four quarter-mile relays at stake for the secondary school category.
They triumphed in the boys’ and girls’ Under-15 as well as the girls’ Under-18 4x400m races to end their campaign on a perfect note.
In the primary school section, Pudu finished ahead of three other zones with seven gold, eight silver and three bronze medals.
A total of five meet records were set in the championships. Middle distance runner Ng Sue Yee from Sentul led the cast to renew the 800m and 1,500m in the girls’ Under-18 category. Both records were held by S. Sanggeetha since 2004.
The 16-year-old lass from SMK Jinjang clocked 2:30.0 to erase the old mark of 2:35.56 in the 800m, while in the 1,500m she was timed 5:12.30 compared to the old record of 5:17.60.
Ng said everything went according to plan and was delighted with her achievements at the meet.
Although she captured the gold in the girls’ open 3,000m, Ng admitted that she was still far away to threaten Sanggeetha’s feat of 11:05.42.
“I completed the 3,000m race in 12 minutes. Next year, I am aiming to set a faster pace to have a crack at improving on my performance over the distance,” added Ng, who is also the current record holder in both events (800m and 1,500m) for the girls’ Under-15 category.
The three other record breakers were - Pudu duo Mohd Shahrul Nizam (boys’ Under-18 110m hurdles) and Pauline Ng (girls’ Under-15 javelin) as well as M. Kesavan (boys’ Under-15 1,500m) from Keramat.
MSSKL athletics technical chairman Musa Mohamed Yusof said there was an improvement in the athletes’ perforamnce.
He is hopeful that his charges will produce a more respectable outing at the Malaysia Schools Sports Council (MSSM) championships in Kuala Lumpur on May 20-23.
Last year, Kuala Lumpur finished at the bottom with only two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
“Our aim is to move up and deliver better results. We have more than a month to prepare the athletes for the MSSM championships.
“As hosts, we will be represented in most of the events,” said Musa.
The MSSKL has lined up five training sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for their athletes before they gather for the final phase of centralised training on May 4.
BOYS’ - Under-12:
K. Mahadevan (Pudu)
Kesavan Maniraja (Keramat)
Ng Sue Yee (Sentul)
GIRLS’ - Under-12:
Nurizatul Syahirah (Keramat)
Pauline Ng Jia Hui (Pudu)
Mohd Shahrul Nizam (Pudu)