PETALING JAYA: An untimely distraction cost water skier Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah a place in the tricks event final of the Moomba Masters in Melbourne.
The 12-year-old was on the way to start her first pass on the Yarra River when the boat was told to restart because the video signals were not reaching the judges’ tower.
That put Aaliyah off her rhythm and she fell in her second pass for a lowly score of 4,300 to finish last out of eight skiers in the semi-finals on Sunday.
World champion Anna Gay of the United States set the pace with 9,920 points while France’s Clementine Lucine was second with 8,770.
Another American – former world Under-21 champion – Alex Lauretano was third with 7,620 points.
Only the top six qualify for the final and Aaliyah’s score wasn’t far off from sixth placed Erika Lang’s 5,590.
“The restart after the aborted first pass did affect me a bit,” said the SEA Games double gold medallist Aaliyah.
“This could happen in any competition so I just need to be stronger in focusing on my task in future.”