PETALING JAYA: Young water skier Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah has put up another consistent performance to qualify for the semi-finals of the tricks event at the Moomba Masters.
The 12-year-old scored 5,970 points to finish eighth out of 12 skiers in the first round at the Yarra River in Melbourne on Saturday.
With only the top eight qualifying for the semi-finals, the SEA Games double gold medallist did just enough to make the last four for the first time.
Aaliyah, who set a new Asian record of 6,610 points at the Moomba LCQ last week, also managed to pip Canada’s world overall champion Holly McClintock to the semi-finals.
Sixteen-year-old world champion Anna Gay of the United States set the pace with a score of 9,700 and followed closely by former world champion Erika Lang, also of the US, with 9,570.
Canada’s Neilly Ross, 14, who won the Under-17 title on Thursday, was third with 9,290.
“It’s quite an achievement for Aaliyah to make the semi-finals for the first time as there are several past and present world champions in the field,” said Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) head coach Hanifah Yoong.
“She is unlikely to make the top six for the final, but her goal is to set another personal best to beat the 6,610 score,” he said.