Friday, June 12, 2015

Eleven-year-old Aaliyah crushes opponents with her tricks

Aaliyah scored 4,840 points to top the preliminary round of the women's tricks event.
Aaliyah scored 4,840 points to top the preliminary round of the women's tricks event.

SINGAPORE: Water skiier Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah means business.

She dominated the preliminary round of the women’s tricks event, proving she wants that gold medal.

The 11-year-old Aaliyah ran the field for a total of 4,840 points, much to the delight of the small crowd at the Bedok Reservoir.

It was far from her personal best – the Asian record of 6,290 points – but it was more than enough for the 2011 gold medallist to top the field of seven skiiers and qualify for the final.

Indonesia’s Galuh Mutiara Maulidina qualified second, way off the pace with 2,480 points, while Singapore’s Ashley Kee came in third with 2,110 points.

In the men’s tricks event, Aaliyah’s nine-year-old brother Aiden put himself in a good position to become the youngest medallist at this year’s SEA Games.

The pint-sized Aiden, who has improved tremendously in the past few months, finished third with 3,050 points.

Indonesia dominated the men’s tricks with Febrianto Febrianto and Dimas Ridho Suprihono finishing first and second with scores of 4,730 and 3,760 respectively.

Former Formula One driver Alex Yoong, who is making a comeback to the sport, also qualified for the final after finishing fourth with 2,730 points.

Malaysia will also have a representative in the women’s wakeboard final after Cheah Hsu Ann finished second in her semi-final with 29.22 points.

Singapore’s Sasha Christian is the favourite for gold after topping the qualifying ranks with 61.45 points.
The Star Online

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