National Track and Field Championship Ends

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Perak ended the the 53rd Malaysian School Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championships on May 24 in third place with  a medal tally of 9 gold, 10 silver and 16 bronze for a total of 35 medals.

The winner was Sarawak with 21 gold, 7 silver and 15 bronze. The runnerup was Sabah with 9 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze.

The championship which took place at Stadium Perak from May 20-24 saw over 2,000 participants from 15 states which included the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.

A total of 90 events were contested which had been divided accordingly by male and female categories for ages under 18, 15 and 12 years.

Perak which had targeted for 26 gold only managed 9 gold medals. However, Perak State Education Director Dato’ Mohd Rauhi bin Mohd Isa “was satisfied” with the score explaining that “we always aim high but our total medal tally of 35 meant that we won at 35 of the 90 events. This is only the beginning.”

Perak’s darling of the event undoubtedly was athlete Nor Hazwani binti Abdul Harris who was voted the best female athlete award for the Championship. She bagged 2 gold medals, the 200 metre event and the 80 metre hurdles where she set a new record time of 12.87 seconds.

Nor Hazwani,11, studies at SK Tg Piandang Kerian. This is her second time participating in the championship, the first was at MSSM Johor 2010. Her ambition is to join the Police force.

The best male athlete went to Kedah’s Ku Amir Syazwan bin Ku Sharif for his record-breaking run in the 400-metre sprint.

The championship was officially closed by Deputy Education Minister Datuk IR Wee Ka Siong who likened the championship to being a “factory” for producing athletes and noted that 7 new records had been achieved during the 5-day event.

The venue for the next MSSM Championship will be held in Perlis next year.

JAG