Aaliyah skis to four gold medals at Asian Championships


All in the family: Multi-gold winning medallist Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah posing with her brothers Aiden (centre) and Adam at the IWWF Asian Waterski Championships in Chuncheon, South Korea.

PETALING JAYA: It was a smashing day for Malaysia’s Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah as she ended her campaign at the IWWF Asian Waterski Championships in Chuncheon, South Korea with a total of four gold medals.

Aaliyah bagged her first gold medal on Friday when she scored 7,440 points in the open women tricks event.

Aaliyah continued to perform consistently on the final day of competition yesterday, winning the jump (37.2m) and slalom events (0.00/55/13.00).

The 19-year-old Aaliyah thus completed her clean sweep by taking the overall title with a total of 3000.00 points for her fourth gold medal.

Her brothers Adam and Aiden also brought home medals from the championship.

Adam won gold in the tricks event and bronze for jump while Aiden settled with bronze in the tricks.

Achieving new personal bests in jump event on Wednesday was the icing on the cake for both Adam and Aiden.

Adam rewrote his new personal best with a distance of 27.0m, beating his previous record of 15.9m, which was set in the 2019 Asian Championships in Bangkok.

The 16-year-old Aiden erased his previous record of 20.1m by jumping 23.9m.

A proud father, Hanifah Yoong, congratulated them and hoped that they will continue to perform well.

“Near perfect runs from amazing Aaliyah who delivered the first gold to Malaysia’s team with a convincing win of 7,440 points!”, posted Hanifah on Instagram.

“Congratulations to Adam and Aiden! Keep on soaring high!” he said.

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