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19-Year-Old Aaliyah Wins Historic Bronze For Malaysia At The 2022 World Games In The US

The Malaysian pro water skier is the first Asian woman skier to make a podium finish at the world level.

Cover image via @hanifahyoong (Instagram)

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Malaysia's Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah has won the bronze medal in the women's trick final at the 2022 World Games being held in the US

The pro water skier, who turned 19 yesterday, 16 July, scored 7,960 points in the tricks event at the Oak Mountain State Park Lake in Alabama. Canadian water skier Neilly Ross scored 9,690 for the gold.

Aaliyah was competing in an elite field of seven skiers

Canada's Neilly and America's Anna Gay, who grabbed the silver medal, are the top two skiers in the world.

For the preliminary round, the 19-year-old finished fourth amongst higher-ranked open women trick skiers to ensure she gets into the top 5 to qualify for the finals.

According to a New Straits Times report yesterday, 16 July, this is the first time Aaliyah has gotten onto the podium on the world stage and is also the first Asian women skier to win a medal at the world level.

Aaliyah's father Hanifah Yoong Yin Fah took to Instagram to congratulate her on her historical first-ever podium finish for Asia

In March this year, Aaliyah won four golds and two bronze medals at the Moomba Masters Championships 2022 in Australia:

Speaking of breaking into the world stage, read what it has taken Malaysia's Ayez Shaukat-Fonseka Farid to become the first-ever Southeast Asian to debut in a professional wrestling TV show in the US: