RECORD EN-ROUTE TO ANOTHER WATERSKIING TITLE
Malaysian waterskiing prodigy Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah added another
feather to her cap by winning the women’s Open tricks event at the
And the 11-year-old did it in style as she also broke the 20-year-old
Asian record in the process. The pint-sized Aaliyah racked up 6,290
points in Bandung on Sunday to shatter the Asian record of 6,280
points set by China’s E Min in 1995.
Japan’s Saaya Hirosawa could only manage 3,610 points to take the
silver. Homester Priambodo Nur Alimah amassed a 3,460 total for the
Aaliyah’s previous best score was 6,130 points, but she surpassed it
twice in the championships. Earlier in the preliminary round on
Saturday, she accumulated 6,150 points. She then added another 140
more points to her tally in Sunday’s final for her career-best score.
It was Aaliyah’s second appearance on the podium this season, having
won the silver in the Under-17 category at the Moomba Masters in
Melbourne earlier this month.
“It’s an amazing feeling to finally break the Asian record. I did the
tricks a lot faster in the final, but I didn’t like the way I
performed,” said Aaliyah, the Asian Under-17 champion.
“I was actually much neater doing my tricks on Saturday, but I was
There was, however, agony for Arianna Chow, the other Malaysian
representative. The 13-year-old finished second in the preliminary
round to reach the final. But Arianna injured herself during the jump
event and was forced to pull out in the tricks routine.
7th MAR 15
BITTER SWEET MOOMBA
the Open Women tricks competition after finishing 10th of 11 skiers
when she suffered another fall on the same trick as suffered in the
U17 Girls Tricks rd 2 two days ago.
She was bitterly disappointed today as she was looking forward to do
better than that.
"We have some work to do for her hand run when we return as she needs
to stand up till the end of the run so that she can score high with
the two flip tricks she has," said Hanifah Yoong.
"She has to now be tricking faster than ever before so she needs to
get back to stronger basics to avoid such falls. We have a week to
work on that before the next event, the Indonesian Open to be held on
20-22 Mar." added Hanifah.
Credit is due to Aaliyah though for putting up best score of 6060
points for U17 girls as she squeaked in a big smile when she mounted
the podium ceremony to receive her second runner up trophy for U17
girls tricks today.
28th FEB 15
ANOTHER GOOD OUTING IN MOOMBA MASTERS IN MELBOURNE
Malaysian water skier Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah is looking
forward to another good outing at the Moomba Masters – her first event
of the year – which starts from March 4-9 at the Yarra River in
Last year, the pint-sized Aaliyah finished second in
the girls’ tricks event – behind reigning world champion and world
record-holder Erika Lang of the US.
Aaliyah, who was 10 then – the youngest competitor at
the Moomba Masters – also made the semi-finals of the Open category in
the tricks event, which featured several top-level elite skiers.
She went on to win the Asian Championships Under-17
title and take home a silver at the Asian Beach Games in the Open
category last year.
She has also broken the 6,000-point barrier to set a
new personal best of 6,130 points – just 230-point short of the
20-year Asian record of 6,360 set by China’s E Min in 1995.
Having received an invitation to compete at the Moomba
meet for the second year running, 11-year-old Aaliyah is eyeing
another podium finish in the girls’ category.
The Open category is certainly a daunting challenge for
Aaliyah as several elite skiers – like Lang, Canada’s Whitney
McClintock, Belarus’ Natalia Berdnikova, France’s Clementine Lucine
and Australia’s Jacinta Carroll – are also in the fray.
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