2011 Nautique IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships Day 4

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Posted by Chris

It was the Under 17’s who started day 4, Saturday 8th October 2011 with the Asian Junior Girls Slalom Finals first on the water. From those starting at 46kph it was Nasir Nadiah (MAS) who led before Singapore’s Kalya Kee rounded five buoys at 55kph to clinch gold.

In the Under 17’s Boys Slalom Guruh Dwi (INA) with 0.5 buoys at 55kph took gold ahead of Shamal Abd Rahman (MAS).  img_2391-1a.jpg

In the Under 17’s Girls Tricks 8-year old Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah (MAS) was keyed up to improve on her opening round of 1770 and improve it she did, setting a new Malaysian national record of 3230, which Nur Alimah Priambodo (INA)  was unable to emulate.

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In the Under 17’s Boys Tricks 6-year old Thiery Grappe started with a 100% improvement on his first round result and it was only Widodo Safaraldi who could not improve on his first round score but with 2250 still took the gold medal.

In the Under 17’s Boys Jump Widodo Safaraldi (INA) took gold with 26.9m Shamal Abd Rahman (MAS) with 20.7m


The Ladies LCQ saw Vania Lim (SIN), Nadya Sinaqa (INA), Teng Pei-shan (TPE) and Heehyun Yun (KOR) progress to the semi-finals.

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 Bunyalo Jumruang (THA) who surprisingly found himself in the Mens LCQ knew he had to ‘go big or go home’ and pulled out all the stops in an intensive run to make it through to the semi-finals.

It was the turn of the women riders to battle their way into the finals with 14 competing in three semi-final  heats, the top two of whom would advance to the finals.

 Chen Li-li (CHN) again demonstrated she’s the one to beat with Mika Asai (JPN), Han Qiu (CHN) and Sasha Christian (SIN) all advancing and likely to be fighting for the remaining podium positions.

In the Mens Wakeboard Semi-finals Matthew Christian put in a good score of 65.24 with Byuongrang Kim (KOR) just held off the challenge of Tatsanai Kuakoonrat (THA), despite the latters challenge over the results.

Once again it was WWA’s junior pro champion Shota Tezuka (JPN) with a score of 82.01 who excelled although ‘legend’ Bunyalo Jumruang (THA) just did enough to squeeze through in heat 2.

Padiwat Jaemjan (THA) and  Insang Jung (KOR) made up the last two qualifiers for the finals from heat 3.

Expectations for some great action on the water remain high as the event enters its final day.