Thursday, 17 May 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM
Adam pulls enough from his bag of tricks to break record
PETALING JAYA: Waterski wonderkid Adam Yoong Hanifah is on the right track to becoming a world-class skier.
The 10-year-old showed his potential after smashing his own national record in tricks for the second time this year.
The KL SEA Games gold medallist amassed 4,750 points to win the Under-13 title at the Florida Inboards Record tournament last Sunday.
Elder brother Aiden, 12, once again lost out to his sibling as he managed 4,030 points for second place while Andrew Boskus of the United States was third with 2,080.
The win was, however, simply stunning as Adam made a significant improvement from his previous national mark of 4,430 which he achieved at the Latrobe International in Melbourne in March.
The score of 4,750 is also a new Asian Under-17 record.
“Adam has a great mental aptitude and is showing the potential to rise to the international level,” said Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) head coach Hanifah Yoong.
“To score 4,750 at 10 is quite an achievement. His sister Aaliyah, was only scoring about 4,500 at that age.
“Of course, the boys’ competition is a lot more intense but this result shows that he has what it takes to be among the world’s best.”
Aaliyah, a triple gold medallist at the SEA Games, also did not fare badly in her own events.
She equalled her national record in slalom with a run of 0.5/55kmh/12m and took silver in the girls’ Under-17 tricks with a season-best of 6,960.
The 14-year-old, however, came good in the jump as she leapt to a new national record of 34.9m, erasing the previous mark of 32.8m.
American Kennedy Hansen won both the tricks and jump events with scores of 7,910 and 36.4m respectively.
The trio of Aaliyah, Aiden and Adam will continue training at the Santa Rosa Beach in Florida for another two weeks.
After that, they will head to Callaway Gardens, Atlanta, where Aaliyah is down to compete in the US Masters from May 25-27.