RECORD-BREAK­ING

Heart­en­ing dis­play by trio gives hope for golden shower at Sea Games

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RE­PORTS BY FARAH AZHARIE fara­hazharie@nst.com.my

MALAYSIA water­ski team’s prepa­ra­tions for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games is go­ing bet­ter than ex­pected with the squad record­ing im­pres­sive re­sults at the Florida In­board Open last week­end.

The team un­der­went a sixweek train­ing stint in Florida be­fore com­pet­ing in the Santa Rosa Beach event where Syahir Nasir and Adam Yoong Hanafiah set na­tional records.

Syahir, 19, bet­tered the 23-year old na­tional record pre­vi­ously held by Alex Yoong, by scor­ing 3 buoys/13me­tre rope/58kilo­me­tres per hour in round two on Sun­day.

Syahir then went on to set an­other record at 1/12/58 which is within range of a Sea Games gold as the 2015 win­ning mark of Sin­ga­porean Mark Leong was 3/12/58.

Adam, nine, bet­tered Alex’s 24year old na­tional record in the trick on Satur­day when he scored 3,920 points to fin­ish first in the Un­der-13 cat­e­gory.

In the women’s event, Adam’s sis­ter Aaliyah recorded a per­sonal best of 32.3m in the jump.

The two-time Sea Games gold Lumpur, Joshua hopes to make the na­tion, as well as his friends and fam­ily, proud and is count­ing on a two-month train­ing stint in South Korea — where he will be spar­ring with top fencers — to help him.

“You need to fence with the best to be the best be­cause in Malaysia, there isn’t much but in Korea, there are so many and it will help me im­prove my game.”

Joshua will leave for Korea on Sun­day and upon his re­turn, will com­pete in the Asian Cham­pi­onships on July 19-26 be­fore re­turn­ing to Korea to con­tinue train­ing for the Sea Games.

Joshua Koh ended Malaysia’s 22-year gold medal drought in fenc­ing at the 2011 Sea Games.

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