Host athletes leading at Track and Field Championship

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LET’S THE GAMES BEGINS: Lee lights up the games torch carried by Leola Anson and Ho Siew Hua while Ellen (left) and Yosnani (centre) look on during the opening ceremony of the 39th Sarawak Schools Sports Council (MSSS) Track and Field Championship at Miri Stadium yesterday.

MIRI: Three records were broken on the first day of competition at the 39th Sarawak Schools Sports Council (MSSS) Track and Field Championship as Miri raced to an early lead.

The first new record was set by Daniel Su Ye Shan of Kuching in the Boys U-14 100m where he clocked 11.50s to win the gold. The old time of 11.53s was set by Afiq Shairazi Othman of Miri in 2005.

Su’s teammate Valentine Lexlee won the silver in 11.70s while coming in third was Allowist Alton Willian of Miri who registered a time of 11.80s.

The record-breaking feat was followed by Jeremy Brandon Danny of Miri who won the Boys U-14 200m hurdles in 27.30s to erase the old record of 27.40s set by Nixon Kennedy of Sibu in 2009. Adam Chisnal Dicky of Kuching and Willi Ampi of Bintulu were second and third respectively in 27.50s and 28.00s.

Kuching’s Iskander Matuhu also etched his name in the records book when he won the Boys U-14 1,500m race with a time of 4:4.20s to rewrite the record time of 4:40.46s set by Noel Deland Nihang of Miri in 2002.

Havit Philip of Kapit took the silver in 4:41.10s while Endang Ringgit of Sarikei the bronze in 4:43.70s.

State cross-country runners Nur Aisyah Ahmad of Betong and Miri’s Ho Siew Hua were engaged in a two-runner duel for the Girls U-18 1,500m crown but it was the MSSM cross-country championship runner-up from SMK Chung Hua Miri Ho who got the better of Nur Aisyah to win by more than 80m to go.

Twin sisters Amylia Isa and Amelda Isa from Betong created more history in athletics when they completed a one-two finish in the Girls U-14 1,500m.

Amylia won the gold in 5:30.40s while Amelda took the silver in 5:32.40s and Kartika Sargini was the bronze medal winner with a time of 5:42.50s.

The twin sisters were the champion and third place finisher in the Girls U-14 category at the MSSM cross-country championship in Santubong earlier this year.

At the end of first day of competition, defending champions Miri captured eight gold, six silver and eight bronze medals, eight fourth placing and seven fifth placings to accumulate 119 points to lead the 11-team competition.

Thirteen points behind the leaders were aspiring champions Kuching who bagged six golds, seven silvers, six bronzes, five fourth placings and four fifth placings while Bintulu are third with five golds, one silver, one bronze, three fourth placings and one fifth placing to garner 44 points.

The fourth to 11th positions were occupied by Sibu, Kapit, Betong, Sarikei, Mukah, Samarahan, Sri Aman and Limbang.

A total of 839 athletes are participating in the state track and field championship with Miri fielding the largest contingent of 150 athletes, followed by Kuching with 133 athletes, Sibu (105), Kapit (71), Sarikei (68), Sri Aman (64), Samarahan (60), Betong (54), Bintulu (53), Limbang (41) and Mukah (40).

Assistant Minister of Sports Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who represented Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, opened the event yesterday.

Also present were State Education Department Human Development Management Sector head Ellen @ Manium Engang who represented the State Education Department director Abdullah Adam, and Miri Division Education Officer Rosnani Yunus.