Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 21 Mar 2015
Team Pulapol romped home as the best athletics squad at the Holla Mahala Games 2015 in Kuala Lumpur today.
They won 17 out of the 38 gold medals up for grabs at the annual games organised by Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM). The High Street team won nine gold medals while Banting got five.
On overall point count for the athletics section of the games, Pulapol came out tops with 109 points. It is trailed by High Street (76), Banting (37), Shah Alam (20), Sentul (18) and Petaling Jaya (16).
This means Pulapol enters the last day of the tournament tomorrow as the favourite to once again emerge as the overall champion.
Pulapol is leading the pack with 146 points with High Street in the second spot with 92 points and Banting third with 41 points. Sentul, Tatt Khalsa, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam are hovering next with about 20 points each.
The other teams are Subang, Kampung Pandan Settlement, Klang, Rawang, Gurpuri, Seremban, Titiwangsa, Bukit Beruntung and Sungai Besi.
Some of the games up for grabs tomorrow are soccer, hockey, netball and arm wrestling.
SNSM started the games in 2000 initially as inter-group games for its then Akaal Purakh ki Fauj units. It was named Holla Mahala to coincide with the Sikh festival which takes place on the first lunar month of Chet, usually in March.
At today’s athletic events, Mandeep Singh from Pulapol won the Best Performer for Boys Under 21. He won gold medals in 100m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay, and a bronze in 200m.
Mandeep finished the 100m Boys U-21 with a time of 12.10 seconds, beating Jagveen Singh (Petaling Jaya) 12.53s, Teghpal Singh (Kampung Pandan) 12.74s and Charandeep Singh (High Street) 13.75s.
Sawinder Kaur, an athlete for the state of Kuala Lumpur from Team High Street, was again chosen as the Best Peformer for Girls U-21.
She finished the 200m Girls U-21 at 28.35s, beating Dilpreet Kaur (Pulapol) 30.57s and Rachaeljeet Kaur (Pulapol) 32.66s.
In the 100m for Girls U-21, defending champion Baldip Kaur (Pulapol) once again took gold with a time of 14.37s, trailed by Jaspreet Kaur (Petaling Jaya)16.26s, Harsimran Kaur (High Street) 16.88s and Rampreet Kaur (Sungei Besi)17.24s.
Kabir Singh from Pulapol set a new record of 3.84m for the long jump for Boys U-21. He was chosen as the Best Performer for Boys U-12.
Another new record was set in the 4x100m Girls U-21 when the Pulapol team finished the race at 59.38s, beating High Street (65.61s), Sentul 70.39s and Banting (77.48s).
BEST PERFORMANCE (ATHLETES BY CLASS, TEAM):
Class 3, Boys: Kabir Singh (Pulapol). Set a new record of 3.84m for long jump.
Class 3, Girls: Kirandeep Kaur (Banting). Golds in 100m, 200m.
Class 2, Boys: Gurmeshjit Singh (Shah Alam). Golds in 100m, 200m.
Class 2, Girls: Tinajit Kaur (Banting). Golds in 200m, 400m.
Class 1, Boys: Mandeep Singh (Pulapol). Golds in 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay; bronze in 200m.
Class 1, Girls: Sawinder Kaur (High Street). Golds in 200m, 800m.
Best Team Performance: Pulapol
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