Calvin Boon’s surprise gold in 10,000 – Sukma XVII Perlis 2014

Sumber – Portal Rasmi Sukma XVII Perlis 2014.

Calvin Boon’s surprise gold in 10,000

KANGAR (29 Mei 2014) – Penang’s Calvin Boon Chang Yik is a road runner but today he scored one of is sweetest wins in long distance when he romped home to the men’s 10,000m gold in the Malaysia Games (Sukma).

Those who turned up at the Stadium Tuanku Syed Putra in Kangar saluted the gritty TAR College student who finished a distant fifth in debut Sukma in Pahang in 2012.

And among those in the stands were his parents – dad Boon Yen Kian, mum Cheah Phaik Har and younger sister Amenda Boon – who drove from Penang to land morale support to Calvin.

Yan Kian, a salesman, said the family will stay in Perlis until Saturday when Calvin runs in the 5,000m. “All those who come have an ambition and I am no different.

Of course I dream of Olympics but….l have to ‘graduate’ from lower level international meets like the SEA Games and so on,” said Calvin amidst congratulations from many team officials and teammates.

On his way to the gold, Calvin clocked a personal best 34:38.70 – erasing his previous best of 36:06 which he did at the Malaysian Closed Championships in Kuala Lumpur last year.

Johor’s M. Vinoth, an early favourite, settled for the silver with a time of 34:44.48 while Negeri Sembilan’s R. Thevan (34:57.72) took the bronze.

“After winning the gold in the 10,000m, I will try to make it double by winning the 5,000m. It will not be easy but today’s win has boosted by confidence.”

Earlier in the men’s triple jump Sabah’s El Said Abdel Aziz won the gold with a jump of 15.43m. The silver went to Kelantan’s Nik Lukmanul Hakim who registered 15.26m and Kedah’s Afiq Akmal (14.87m) had to be satisfied with the bronze.

Sarawak once showed the might in the field events when Queenie Ting hurled the discus to a distnace of 42.47m with a her last throw for the gold medal.

The silver went to Johor’s Connie Choo who registered 37.83m – ahead of Anny Tang Siew Ung of Perlis who took home the bronze (34.41m).