A new star is born in Sarawak athletics
KANGAR (31 May 2014) – She is only 14-years-old and competing in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) hammer event for the first time and was not expected to hit gold with the likes of teammate and national athlete Casier Renee Lee.
However, the soft spoken Grace Wong stood tall as she not only won the gold in her hammer debut but also established a new Games record of 55.82m – erasing Pahang’s Tan Song Hwa’s 2008 record of 50.69m.
What is more remarkable is that the SMK Tinggi Sarikei student had no throws in three out of the six but achieved her feat with her very first throw.
“I managed to catch the technique at the right time with my first throw and it brought me the gold. I am excited and happy to win my first Sukma gold,” said Grace after her event. When asked what is target in the near future, Grace was quick to say: “Maybe in two years time I will break the national record and establish myself in this region.”
The national record for the event is %8.71m held by Tan Song Hwa set in Hungary on 15 June 2011.
Teammate and SEA Games silver medallist Casier Renee Lee could only garner a silver with a 54.36m effort with her second throw. Selangor’s Nurfazira Jalaludin won the bronze with 48.95m.
The soft spoken new darling of Sarawak athletics, who won a silver in the shot put at the last Games in Pahang 2012, said she will not concentrate only on the hammer event.
“I feel more at easy with the hammer and I believe I can improve further,” said Grace, whose father Francis Wong is logging manager while mother Lina Awaru is from Papua New Guinea.
Grace, considers herself as a “newcomer” to the sport, taking up the hammer event at the age of 12 when Sarawak throws coach Ling Neng Thung spotted her talent.