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Aaliyah wins two gold medals in Asia-Oceania waterski tricks


06 Feb 2017
Auckland, New Zealand, February 4, 2017: Malaysia’s Asian Beach Games water baby Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah has enjoyed more success in her waterski career, winning two gold medals and breaking the Asian record in the Open women’s tricks final at the Asia and Oceania Championships in New Zealand.

The 13-year-old Aaliyah, who first competed in the OCA’s Asian Beach Games at Muscat, Oman, in 2010 when she was just seven years old, scored 7,600 points at Lake Kereta in Auckland on Sunday, February 4. Aaliyah held the previous Asian record of 6,810 points.

In doing so, Aaliyah became the first Asian to bag the gold medal in the combined Asia-Oceania category since the tournament’s inception 40 years ago. Katelyn Miller of Australia was second with 6,260 points, followed by Georgie O’Connell of New Zealand in third with 4,170.

The performance left her Asian rivals trailing, as Japan’s Saaya Hirosawa (3,620) and Kazumi Inoue (3,370) finished a distant second and third.
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