IMPRESSIVE: 17-year-old wins triple jump gold
PERLIS’ Abdul Latif Romly emerged as the surprise package on the opening day of the Malaysian Schools Athletics Championships after he upset the odds to clinch the boys’ Under-18 triple jump gold on a blistering hot afternoon at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Star, Kedah yesterday.
Abdul Latif was some way off Malik Tobias’ games record of 15.16m (1999) but nevertheless proved untouchable with his leap of 14.55m giving him a comfortable victory ahead of Perak’s Mohamad Aiman Asfani Azlan on 14.08m and third-placed Mohammad Qayyum Mohammad Izlan (13.76m) of Kuala Lumpur.
The 17-year-old said it was a big morale boost ahead of his debut in the Malaysia Games next month.
“I did not even make the final last year so for me to come and win it like this is just incredible for me,” said the SMK Syed Alwi student.
“I have been training really hard this season as I will be competing in the Malaysia Games and I guess it has paid off for me.
“I was not expecting to win but I even managed to renew my personal best which shows I am making a lot of improvements.
“I still have the long jump to compete in, which is my favourite event, and I hope to do well again.”
Abdul Latif’s previous personal best of 14.20m was set at the Negri Sembilan Open earlier this year.
Johnny Ling Siew Hong got the ball rolling for overall defending champions Sarawak as he was also in fine form, romping to the boys’ Under-15 discus gold with a 47.41m effort.
Perak’s Muhammad Izul Afiq Isman (45.99m) and Jeffry Chan Wen Jie (44.53m) of Labuan finished second and third respectively.
“To be honest I had expected to win it. I managed a decent distance as well so it has been a good outing for me,” said Johnny.
Earlier, Pahang’s Chin Poh Kuan won the Games’ first gold medal after she clinched the girls’ Under-18 shot put with a 12.24m throw while Mahira Hanis Ishak of Johor bagged the girls’ Under-15 long jump with a 5.12m leap.
The competition continues with another 23 gold medals up for grabs today.
Sarawak notched a 1-2 in the boys’ open category hammer throw after Jackson Wong Cheun Young and Wong Siew Hung notched 57.63m and 54.78m respectively.
Kedah’s Lim Chen Chuen (53.27m) finished third.
The girls’ Under-15 3,000m walk witnessed Perak’s Lee Yan Ru edge Kelantan’s Nurul Ilyana Syafikah Mohd Hashim to the gold medal in a time of 15 minutes 41.10 seconds, just over a second ahead of the latter (15;42.30s). Johor’s Nur Athir Ayuni (15:45.30s) came in third.
The 100m finals for all age groups in the boys’ and girls categories, initially scheduled to be held yesterday, were postponed to today after technical glitches forced the semi-finals to be re-run late yesterday.
Boys’ Under-15 discus: 1 Johnny Ling (Sarawak) 47.41m, 2 Muhammad Izul Afiq Isman (Perak) 45.99m, 3 Jeffry Chan (Labuan) 44.53m.
Under-18 triple jump: 1 Abdul Latif Romly (Perlis) 14.55m, 2 Mohamad Aiman Asfani Azlan (Perak) 14.08m, 3 Mohamad Qayyum Mohammad Izlan (KL) 13.76m
Open category hammer throw: 1 Jackson Wong Cheun Young (Sarawak) 57.63m, 2 Wong Siew Hung (Sarawak) 54.78m, 3 Lim Chen Chuen (Kedah) 53.27m
Girls’ Under-12 high jump: 1 Amni Liyana Anuar (Terengganu) 1.43m, 2 Nor Hasyikin Wahab (Kelantan) 1.39m (on tiebreak), 3 Josephine Joseph (Sarawak) 1.39m.
Under-15 long jump: 1 Mahira Hanis Ishak (Johor) 5.12m, 2 Noor Amy Lieyna Ismail (Terengganu) 5.04m, Rosniza Rosli (Terengganu) 4.98m.
3000m walk: 1 Lee Yan Ru (Perak) 15:41.10 seconds, 2 Nurul Ilyana Syafikah Mohd Hashim(Kelantan) 15:42.30s, 3 Nur Athir Ayuni Sharif (Johor) 15:45.30s.
Under-18 shot put: 1 Chin Poh Kuan (Pahang) 12.24m, 2 Betty Hoong King Ching (Sarawak) 11.18m, 3 Nur Syafiqah Amirah Yahya (KL) 9.80m.