Sky’s the limit for water skier Aaliyah after historic sweep


PETALING JAYA: Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah has crowned herself as the queen of waterski in Asia after she swept all four women’s gold medals at the Asian Waterski and Wakeboard Championships in Bangkok.

The 16-year-old was unstoppable as she skied her way to the slalom, jump and overall golds at the TE Wake N Ski in Bang Sai yesterday.

On Saturday, she took the gold in the tricks final.

By sweeping all four events, she etched herself into the history books as the first woman to achieve the feat.

Last month, Aaliyah became the first Asian woman to qualify for a final at the World Waterski Championships in Putrajaya.

In the slalom final yesterday, Aaliyah scored 4/55/13 ahead of second-placed Thai Weeraya Rosendahl’s 3/55/13.

South Korean Han Ah-reum finished third with 2.50/55/13.

It was more challenging in the jump final as she overcame a rough start before completing a jump of 37.8m to bag the gold, just enough to edge her Japanese opponents Harue Kamiya (37.5m) and Moe Sadamizu (36.6m).

By finishing top in all three finals, Aaliyah automatically took the overall gold to make it four.

“It’s a dream come true for me, because I have never won more than a medal here before and to come here and sweep everything is really special, ” said Aaliyah.

“I’m super happy with my achievement here especially in the jump because it was really touch and go but overall, I’m satisfied with my performance throughout.”

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