PENANG: The national athletes stayed away and the 72nd edition of the Penang Open Athletics championship at the USM Stadium lost most of it shine.
Penang AAA secretary Paul Subramaniam believes most of the athletes opted to take part in the inter-bank meet, which also began yesterday.
In the absence of the big names, the only buzz of the day came in the women's high jump where Mazlina Zainal of MSN Bertam Centre came close to a meet record. She managed 1.59m and attempted to clear 1.61m to beat the record of 1.60m. She failed in all her three attempts.
100m: 1. Ganeswaran (Pah) 10.9s, 2. Mohd Alif Razlan (MSNBC) 11.2, 3. Loganathan Naidu (USM) 11.2s.
110m hurdle: 1. Mohd Fazrul Zabidin (MSNBC) 16.3s, 2. A. Murali (Kul) 16.5s, 3. Ibnu Akhil Muharam (USM) 17.1s
400m: 1. B. Murugam (DBKL) 50.8s, 2. Darren Goh (MSNBC) 52.2s, Mohd Firdaus (SMMI) 52.6s.
5,000m: 1. A. Jegatheswaran (USM) 16:10.4s, 2. T. Thiagaraj (OXA) 16:46.1s, 3. Kumuthan Nadarajan (MSNBC) 17:08.5s.
Long Jump: 1. Azman Mustafa (Perlis) 6.63m, 2. Muhammad Asraff (USM) 6.38m, 3. Wong Seng Jeng (MSNBC) 6.25m.
Hammer: 1. Yeap Chee Soon (SMCH) 18.32m, 2. Toh Wei Loon (SMCH) 17.10m, 3. Thum Foo Chean (SMCH) 14.01m.
100m: 1. Norjanah Iiafisah (MSNBC) 13.0s, 2. Liang York Fuan (SMPC) 13.1s, 3. Mogana (Kul) 13.4s.
100m hurdle: 1. Zura Omar (Prisons) 16.6s, 2. Chee Pei Fong (USM) 18.7s, 3. Loh Wey Yin (SMPC) 19.1s.
400m: 1. Teh Ye Ling (CLB) 65.3s, 2. Liang Yuk Fuan (SMPC) 67.6s, 3. Nurul Hidayah Zaini (Kul) 68.7s.
10km walk: 1. Kamal Devi (PLBS) 1:00.1s, 2. B. Kalaivani (SMMI) 1:06.6s, 3. Gurjit Kaur (MSNBC) 1:09.3s.
Javelin: 1. Nurul Hamizah Alister (SMMI) 24.36m, 2. Yeoh Ai Ling (SM Union) 24.27m, 3. Mazlina Zainal (MSNBC) 22.87m.
High jump: 1. Mazlina Zainal (MSNBC) 1.59m, 2. Nour Shamsudin (1.40m), 3. Lee Kuan Yee (SM Union) 1.30m.
Triple jump: 1. Zura Omar (Prisons), 10.64m, 2. Ooi Hui Yin (DBKL) 9.96m, 3. Hna Lay Hooy (DBKL) 9.58m.