SIBU: A total of 15 new records were achieved at the 2017 Sibu Open Athletics Championships, which saw the participation of athletes from peninsular Malaysia for the first time.
Sibu Amateur Athletic Association president Dr Hii Sui Cheng said the presence of participants from peninsular Malaysia helped uplift the standard of the championship.
“Athletes from Bukit Jalil Sports School, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur gave a tough fight and pushed Sarawak athletes to do better,” he said during the closing ceremony of the event here.
The championship, he said, was the country’s sole event that offered cash incentive for winners with prize money totalling RM17,000.
The cash incentives were for events such as 100m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, long jump, high jump and discus.
“We hope that it can on the calendar of the country’s sport event so that more athletes will come here and compete,” he said.
Dr Hii said the number of participants this year was the highest with 936 participants from 65 teams, compared with 700 participants last year. Sarawak participants included those from Kuching, Betong, Sri Aman, Sarikei, Mukah, Bintulu Kapit, Miri and Sibu.
Sibu Resident Hii Chang Kee said Sarawak took sports development seriously after emerging second in the 2016 Malaysia Games it hosted. The state lost narrowly to Selangor by a two-gold margin.
“The state has revived the Sarawak Games (after a lapse of more than 20 years) to raise the standard of sports in the state. This biennial event will take place end of this year,” he said.
He said Sarawak was in a position to elevate its standard of sports.
“This is possible if associations, schools and sponsors play a bigger role in promoting sports,” added Hii.
New record holders
Davin Roy Vincent (Negri Sembilan) in Men’s 800m and 1,500m
Muhamad Hadzmier Muhaimin (Bukit Jalil Sports School) in Boys’ Under 14 800m
Luqmanul Hakim Khairul (Sekolah Sukan Tungku Mahkota Ismail) in Men’s 100m
Nor Aliyah Abdul Rahman (Sekolah Sukan Tungku Mahkota Ismail) in Women’s 100m
Fatin Ilyana Mat Nayan (Bukit Jalil Sports School) in Girl’s 100m and 200m
Mahira Hanis Ishak (Bukit Jalil Sports School) in Women’s triple jump and long jump
Mohamad Arif Zulhilmi Alet (AXIS Petra Jaya Track and Field Club) in Men’s 400m
Chloe Thong Yuen (Miri) in Women’s 400m
Wong Nie Nie (Sarikei) Women’s javelin
Wong Yu Kiong (Sarikei) Boys
Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail in Men’s 4x100m
Flying Dayak in Boys’ 4 x 100m
Jonah Chang (Sarikei) in Boys javelin
Zaidi Mat Sad (Bukit Jalil Sports School) in Boys’ long jump
Quennie Ting in Women’s discus and Ng Jing Xuan (Miri) in Boys’ javelin
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