Records galore at Malacca Schools Athletics Championship

TWENTY-ONE new records were made while debuting Seri Kota State Sports School asserted superiority to emerge as overall champions with a haul of 32 gold, 20 silver and 13 bronze medals in the three-day 39th edition of the Malacca Schools Sports Council Athletics Championship held at the Stadium Hang Jebat in Krubong, here recently.

Farah Aiza Mohd Fadley also added more glitter to the sports school’s success story when bagging the meet’s Sports Girl award following record breaking leaps in her pet triple and long jump events in the girl’s Under-18 category.

Farah posted a new distance of 5.05m in the long jump well ahead of the state schools’ best of 4.63m set in 2001.

However, her improved leap was well short of the national schools record of 5.85m.

In the triple jump, she registered a new distance reading 11.15m as against the old record of 10.53m posted in 2001.

Eleven-year-old Seow Zuo Yi of Ayer Keroh Zone gained the Sports Boy award for his record breaking achievement in the Boys Under 12 high jump.

Competing in this event held on the first day of competition itself, Seow improved on the 2003 height of 1.49m when clearing the bar at 1.50m.

Sadly, Seow who participated in a single event and not thinking much of his high jump prowess, had failed to turn up on the second and third days of competition.

On top of that, no team officials made an effort to inform the young athlete was not on hand to personally receive the award.

Unlike other sports carnivals where athletes are housed at the venue itself, an official said many athletes, particularly those residing in the around the Malacca district had turned up for their respective events on their own and returned home upon completion.

“So, in this way, they don’t stay back for the closing ceremony where the award winners’ names are officially announced,” the official added.

Mohd Irfan Hakim Zaini of Jasin Zone and Nur Hanis Nabila Md Johar of Masjid Tanah Zone bagged the Boys and Girls Most Promising Athlete honours respectively.

Competing in the Boys Under 10 category, burly Mohd Irfan heaved the iron ball to a new distance measuring 9.36m. The old mark set in 2008 stood at 9.00m.

For Nur Hanis it was her new distance of 24.42m in the Girls Under 12 discus that sealed honours. Apart from bettering the 2009 distance of 22.90m she also struck gold in the shot putt.

Other athletes taking the spotlight include C.Saravanan Kumar of the state sports school who bagged golds in the Boys Under-18 3000m steeplechase as well as the 800 and 1500m.

He posted a record timing in the steeplechase discipline clocking 10:40.2 as against the previous best of 10:49.6 but far short of the national school best of 9;23.77.

For his fine track displays, Saravanan was listed as the best athlete in the Boys Under 18 division.

Sports school’s Tay Chee How also stood out prominently collecting golds in the shot putt and discus, both in record breaking distances.

His new mark in the shot putt read 13.49m compared to the 2008 best of 12.24m while it showed 45.62m in the discus, improving upon the 2007 record of 43.97m.

Tay also picked up a silver in the javeline and was judged the best athlete in the Boys Under-15 category.

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