NST : Azizulhasni, Jun Hoong honoured at National Sports Awards

By Aida Adilah Mat – March 14, 2018


PETALING JAYA: As expected, reigning world champions Azizulhasni Awang and Cheong Jun Hoong were named as Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at the 2017 National Sports Awards on Tuesday.

Track cyclist Azizulhasni, a bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics, won the keirin gold medal at the World Championships in Hong Kong in April last year to become the first ever Malaysian to wear the rainbow jersey.

Diver Jun Hoong was equally impressive at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest last July.

The Ipoh-born ended the dominance of China divers by winning the women’s 10m platform individual gold medal.

It is Jun Hoong’s first Sportswoman of the Year award and is Azizulhasni’s third win after 2009 and 2010.

Azizulhasni said he is honoured to be recognised for his achievements.

“I am very grateful to be named Sportsman of the Year for 2017. The is the third time I have won the most prestigious award for athletes in Malaysia,” said Azizulhasni.

“Winning this makes all the hard work, sacrifices and challenges I had faced worthwhile.

“It will definitely inspire me to strive for greater heights. I am now determined to do well at the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Indonesia Asian Games.”

Azizulhasni added that he hopes his fellow Malaysian athletes will all work hard to achieve greater success.

The duo received RM20,000 in prize money, a trophy and a certificate each which was presented by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

Jun Hoong, however, did not attend the awards as she is currently in Japan for the second leg of the Diving World Series.


Malaysians All Star Program


The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia would like to announce the introduction of the
Malaysian Swimming All Star program. This initiative has been designed to recognise our high achieving junior swimmers in Malaysia and to encourage their continued hard work in the training pool.

This year at the 2018 National Age Group Championships we will be awarding recognition All
Star swim caps and certificates to our best young junior swimmers. All swimmers that reach
the qualification time standards attached below will receive the signature cap and certificate
(athletes are limited to 1 cap/certificate). The time is to be swum at the National Age Group
Championships only.


SEA Age Group 2018 Qualifying Times

ASUM is pleased to announce the SEA Age Group 2018 qualifying times as follows:


Selection criteria:
The swimmers will be selected based on the following conditions:
1) The Main Qualifying meet will be MIAG 2018. However results from the ASUM/MILO Sportexcel Swimming Championship 2018 may also be considered.
2) A swimmer must have competed in MIAG 2018, unless granted an exemption by the selection committee, due to illness where evidence will need to be provided
3) Only the top 6 swimmers in each age group will be considered.
4) Selection Priority:
a. Automatic selection: Time set to be at least equal to the silver medal time for the SEA Age Group 2017.
b. Consideration: Time set to be at least equal to the 5th placing for SEA Age Group 2017. Only the fastest 2 swimmers having met the 5th placing will be considered.
c. Development: In the event there are still slots available, the swimmers with the highest FINA pointscore from MIAG 2018 and have been selected into the National Junior Squad, will be considered.
5) The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final.



Jun Hoong bags gold at World Aquatics Championships

National diver Cheong Jun Hoong claimed a truly stunning win in the women’s 10m platform individual final at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Jun Hoong became the nation’s first ever diving world champion after chalking 397.50 points to come out tops in a starry final field of 12 participants on Wednesday evening.

Jun Hoong, a surprise entry for the individual platform, was ranked fourth after the first two dives but moved to the top spot and never looked back after that.

It was an unexpected comeback for Jun Hoong considering she was the seventh ranked diver in the final based on the results from the semi-finals stage.

Victory was certainly sweet for the 28-year-old from Perak, who had partnered Pandelela Rinong to take bronze in the women’s 10m platform synchro on Sunday.

Not only did she win Malaysia’s first-ever diving gold medal at the world championships but Jun Hoong beat two top Chinese divers — Si Yajie and Ren Qian.

Si Yajie, the world champion in 2013 and the Rio Olympics silver medallist, settled for silver with 396.00 points.

Ren Qian, the reigning Olympic champion, got the bronze with 391.95 points.

Defending champion Kim Kuk-hyang was sixth with 360.00 points.

Pandelela, who got bronze in the event at the previous edition in Kazan, Russia two years ago, managed ninth place (322.40).

Source: The Star Online