By PERCY D’CRUZ
Siti stuns Petra in the century sprint
MALACCA: The 45th National Schools (MSSM) Athletics Championships got off to a cracking start at the Tun Fatimah Stadium in Bukit Serendit here yesterday.
One Asean schools mark was bettered and seven national schools (MSSM) records were rewritten.
Providing the day’s highlights was Kedah’s Ahmad Firdaus Salim, who bettered the Asean boys’ Under-18 triple jump record of 14.87m with a leap of l5.07m. But it fell short of the MSSM record of 15.61m set by Mohammad Malik Tobias in l999.
Johor’s Siti Fatimah Mohamad also stole the thunder, pipping favourite Petra Nabila of Negri Sembilan in the girls’ Under-18 100m final. With the electronic timing not functioning at all times, Siti recorded a hand-timed l2.20 and Petra finished second in 12.30.
Siti also went on record as having won the century sprint in all the age-group categories of the National Schools Championships.
The student of the Bukit Jalil Sports School, who is under the Gemilang 2006 programme, had also been the gold medallist in the Under-l2 and l5 age-groups.
A bout of asthma prevented Petra from giving her best in the final. She had clocked 12.36 in winning the semi-finals in the morning.
Petra, who had complained of dizziness after taking medication for flu just before the final, sought treatment at the Malacca General Hospital after the race.
Her coach Dharmika Chua said: “Her current condition does not allow her to give her best. Her training for the championships was also hampered. She did not have a proper track to train on because of renovation works at the stadium in Paroi.”
Penang had two top record breakers on the day in G. Kumaran and Thor Cheah Yuan.
Kumaran ran virtually unchallenged to win the boys’ Under-18 1,500m event in a time of 4:06.5l. The old record of 4:07.90 was set by Sabah’s V. Jayakumar in l998.
Thor rewrote the Under-15 high jump record with a height of 1.88m. The previous record of 1.87m was set by Sabah’s Khoo Tad Seng in Kuantan last year.
Three hurdles records were rewritten.
Kuala Lumpur’s Wong Oi Lan is the new record holder in the girls’ Under-18 400m hurdles. She clocked 63.29 to erase the 1999 record of 63.60 set by Chong Fun Fei of Sarawak.
Kelantan’s Rosmady Kamaruzaman was an easy winner in the boys’ Under-15 200m hurdles, clocking 25.92 to erase the old mark of 26.27 posted by Kuala Lumpur’s Izwan Mohd Hishamuddin last year.
Sabah’s Cassandra Paddt Edwin won the girls’ Under-15 200m hurdles, clocking 30.l2. The old record of 30.28 was set by Sarawak’s Jackyln Diana Andrew last year.