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Yoong siblings gain valuable experience in first world water ski meet

Last update: 14/08/2019
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia’s young waterski athletes - Aiden and Adam Yoong Hanifah have gained valuable experience in their first appearance at the ongoing 2019 IWWF Waterski World Championship held at the Putrajaya Sports Complex.

Despite not being able to record commandable scores in the men’s slalom event that would have secured them a place in the finals, Aiden noted that both of them were very satisfied with the big opportunity to compete with top water-skiers in their first world meet.

“It feels great to be able to compete in the world championship for the first time and to have the chance to compete among these top water-skiers,” said the 13-year-old Aiden.

In the preliminary round today, Aiden finished 25th after successfully clearing one and a half buoys at the speed of 58 kilometre per hour (km/h) with a 16 metre (m) rope length in the slalom event without falling, while Adam, who cleared two buoys at the speed of 58 km/h with a 16m rope length, finished 24th.

Morgan Diehl of New Zealand blazed to a first place finish with a 4.00/58/11.25 run while Mexican Diego Font came in second with 4.00/58/11.25 followed by Louis Duplan-Fribourg of France with 2.50/58/11.25.

Malaysian sweetheart, Aaliyah is down to compete in slalom event tomorrow.


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