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WATER SKIING: Aaliyah finding it tough in choppy waters

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AALIYAH Yoong was far from her best in the first round of the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia yesterday but still managed a respectable fourth placing in the under-17 tricks competition.

The 10-year-old Sea Games gold medallist could only manage 3,680 points after she fell on her second pass in the turbulent waters of the Yarra River. The score was considerably lower than the 4,720 she managed in the World Junior Championships final last month.

Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) honorary secretary Norzeela Sulaiman, however, said she was satisfied with Aaliyah's results considering the tough conditions.

"As we had expected, the tricky conditions was a big factor in Aaliyah's performance today (yesterday)," said Norzeela.

"It was tough on all those who had competed, even those much older than Aaliyah, but to her credit she still managed to handle it well.

"We will be running the boat at a slower pace tomorrow (today) to counter the current and salt water buoyancy issues we encountered today as it was high tide during her run.

"Hopefully she will be able to adapt after her experience today and put in an improved performance."

The second and final round of the competition will be held today.

World junior champion Erika Lang of the United States, who turns 18 later this year, leads the pack with 8,990. Second is Canada's Chantal Singer (5,520) while third is Australian Bianca Mulach on 5,340.

Aaliyah Yoong scored 3,680 points on her second pass in the Moomba Masters in Melbourne yesterday.


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