SARAWAK’S Grace Wong Xiu Mei hopes to be as successful as national hammer men’s record holder Jackie Wong Siew Cheer.
In the Malaysian Schools Athletics Championships in Alor Star yesterday, Grace defended her title in the girls’ under-15 discus and also made up for the disappointment of finishing second in the shot put last year with a gold. She broke the games records in both disciplines.
The Sarikei athlete threw 37.38m in the discus to better her own mark of 34.96m set last year. Her 12.80m in the shot put erased Negri Sembilan’s Siti Nurul Ain Abd Rahim’s 11.22m mark set in 2003.
“I felt a little nervous today as I knew the other girls, especially from Negri Sembilan and Penang, would be very strong,” said the 14-year-old.
“It feels great to get the win and I am happy that I not only broke both records but also improved on my personal best.”
Penang’s Pavithraa Devi Jayaindraan finished second behind Grace on 32.12m (discus) and 12.43m (shot put) while Kelantan’s Joan Wee Phei Xuen (11.56m) and Sarawak’s Wong Xiao Jing (31.45m) clinched bronze in the shot put and discus respectively.
The SMK Tinggi student, who stole the limelight in the competition last year by surprising many by bagging the girls’ open hammer, said: “I believe it is important to be mentally strong in this sport which is why I look up to Jackie as he has both the physical and mental game to exceed.
“I am not sure who will be the girls to watch out for in the hammer throw this year but I aim to stay calm and give it my best shot. Hopefully I can take home the gold again this time.”