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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The Malaysia Book of Records..!!!

First to conquer Mt. Everest
M. Magendran and N. Mohanadas became national heroes when they reached the 8,848m summit of Mt. Everest on May 23, 1997, after braving thick snow, strong winds and freezing temperatures since March 1. The duo, members of the Malaysian Mountaineering Association, were part of a 20-member Malaysian team in this Everest expedition.


Youngest to scale Mt. Everest

Ahmad Reduan Rozali and Muhamad Muqharabbin bin Mokhtarrudin, both aged 22, students of University Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam scaled Mount Everest on May 16, 2004. They reached the summit at 11am, after a 4-day treck from the BASE camp. The students were members of the Everest for the Country Expedition' mission jointly organised by UiTM Shah Alam and Ministry of Youth and Sports.


First to swim across the English Channel

Marathon swimmer Abdul Malik Mydin reached the shore of Cap Gris Nez in Calais, France, on August 3, 2003 to become the first Malaysian to swim across the English Channel. He arrived at 8.42pm French time (7.42pm British time, 2.42am Malaysian time), completing the feat in 17 hours 30 mins 15 secs.


First to ski-sail across the Antarctic

Born in May 1965, Datin Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir is a lecturer at the Faculty of Sports Science and Recreation, Universiti Teknology MARA (UiTM). She successfully ski-sailed across the Antarctic, from the South Pole to the Hercules Inlet from Dec 9 to 30, 2004.

The 1,100km-long journey took her 22 days to complete. Her brave expedition not only received applauses from Malaysians, but also the Bravery Award presented by the Preesident of Chile, General Ricardo Largos during the APEC meeting in Santiago 2004.


Fastest to swim across the English Channel

Inspired by Dato' Abdul Malik Mydin, Lennard Lee, a medical student at Cambridge University, successfully swam non-stop across the 33.6 km-wide English Channel in 9 hours 45 mins on July 15, 2004. Lennard, 20, swam in the open sea without any barrier, became the second Malaysian to achieve the feat. Tailed by his parents in a boat, he started at 8.34 (London time) from Dover and completed the swim at 6.19pm in Calais, France. 


First to walk the last degree to the North Pole
Brothers Justin and Gerald Read achieved the feat, after battling extreme weather conditions. Justin and Gerald, from Petaling Jaya, Selangor, were accompanied by Pen Hadow, a guide with 13 years' experience in trekking to the North and South Poles. The last degree entailed a 111km walk in temperatures between -10 to 30 degrees, inter alia. Justin, 19 then, and 25-year-old Gerald began the walk on April 12, 1999, and reached the geographic North Pole at 7.27am seven days later.

First to solo sail around the world

Azhar Mansur started his attempt from Langkawi Island on February 2, 1999. The estimated distance needed to circumnavigate the globe was 21,600 nautical miles. On April 18, 1999, at 2.45pm Malaysian time, Azhar, at the helm of his RM2mil yacht, Jalur Gemilang, passed Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America unassisted, after sailing 75 days and 11,358 nautical miles. However, the voyage suffered a setback when Azhar encountered a storm, With a broken mast and loss of vital equipment, a stopover at the Falkland Islands was made, which negated the attempt.

He continued with his journey with a new mast and returned home after sailing 190 days, arrived safely at Awana Porto Malai Resort, Langkawi Island on August 11. He was conferred the title, 'Datuk' for his bravery achievement sailing solo round the world without engine propulsion on an east-West-route.


First World Number One squash player

Nicol David became the Malaysian to achieve this feat when she won the World Open Championship title in Hong Kong on December 4, 2005. Formerly ranked third in the world, the 22-yearold was in devastating form as she defeated the former World No. 1, Rachael Grinham of Australia (8-10, 9-2, 9-6, 9-7) and also emerged as the first Asian and the youngest woman World Champion.

Nical Ann David was born on August 23, 1983 in Penang. She is the only squash player to have won the World Junior title twice. Nicol's other achievements include the youngest Asian Champion and she also won the title for a record of five times (in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006) in the Asian Squash Championship.

Nicol was also named "WISPA Player of The Year for 2005" as she won six WISPA titles, the World Games gold medal and the World Open title on December 4, 2005.


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