Friday, November 18, 2011

Phillipa Claims First Gold In Waterskiing

PALEMBANG, Nov 17 (Bernama) - Phillipa Yoong-Bayli took the first gold medal in waterskiing when she outclassed Sasha Christian of Singapore in the tie break at Jakabaring Lake here Thursday.

She passed 1.00 buoy with a 13m rope while Sasha passed 1.00 buoy with a 14.25m rope.

Both waterskiers passed 3.00 buoy at 55 miles per hour using a 16m rope in the final round.

Thoyibhatus Ummu Sholika of Indonesia took the bronze by passing 2.00 buoys by the same speed and using the same rope length.

"I was nervous and under pressure before the event because of the gold medal target placed on me.

"The other skiers are very good especially the Singaporean and Indonesian. I'm very happy and glad to win the gold medal," she told Bernama after the event.

Phillipa hopes that her gold medal win will bring more sponsors to the national waterskiing squad.

"We need more funds to participate in more competitions and for development programmes. I wish more parents will encourage their children to pick up waterskiing," she added.

In the men's slalom, Alexander Yoong won Malaysia a silver by passing 4.00 buoys with a 14.25m rope.

Gold went to Daud Wangka Fath of Indonesia who passed 1.50 buoys with a 13m rope while fellow countryman Indra Hardinata won bronze by passing 3.00 buoys using a 14.25m rope.


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