Pole vaulter Yu Tian provides the sole cheer in athletics


Sweet silver: Chuah Yu Tian celebrating after finishing second in the pole vault final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.

CHUAH Yu Tian marked her SEA Games debut with a silver in the women’s pole vault.

The 24-year-old from Kuala Lumpur achieved a personal best of 3.80m at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.

Her previous best was 3.70m, set during the Malaysian Open at the same venue to win the gold last month.

The silver was the only medal Malaysia won on the fourth day of the athletics competition.

There were eight golds on offer yesterday.

Thailand’s Chaya Chomchuendee retained the pole vault gold with a height of 4.10m while Rachel Isabel Yang Bingjie (3.60m) picked up the bronze.

Another Malaysian athlete, Puteri Nur Adillah Shik Azizir Rahman, cleared 3.20m to finish seventh and last in the event.

Yu Tian admitted that she could not have asked for a better Games debut.

“I achieved two things at the Games – by doing a personal best and winning the silver,” said Yu Tian.

Norliyana Kamaruddin smashed the 36-year-old national women’s heptathlon record by accumulating 5,247 points.

However, she could only finish fourth.

The 26-year-old Negri Sembilan athlete erased the previous mark of 5,175 points set by Datuk Zaiton Othman at Manila 1981.

Norliyana recorded 838 points in the 100m, 978 (high jump), 619 (shot putt), 750 (200m), 726 (long jump), 562 (javelin) and 774 (800m).

Zaiton praised Norliyana for breaking her long-standing record and wished her all the best in future competitions.

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