Michael Sia takes hammer gold with new Sukma record – Sukma XVII Perlis 2014

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Michael Sia takes hammer gold with new Sukma record

KANGAR (29 May 2014) – THe skipped his sixth and final throw but nobody could take away the gold medal from Sarawak’s national hammer thrower in the men’s hammer throw on the opening day of the athletics events in 17th edition of the Malaysia Games in Kangar.

The Stadium Tuanku Syed Putra will be remembered by the 20-year-old Sarawakian for his gold medal which came with a new Sukma record – 56.98m which erased the old mark of 55.25m set by teammate Jackie Wong at the last Sukma in Pahang in 2012.

Earlier this month Michael won a bronze at the Thailand Open and registered 55.23m, who was his personal best until today.

The Sarikei-born Michael went from strength to strength after registering 53.70m with his very first throw. He picked up from there and had figures of 56.05m, 56.56m, 56.25m before ending up with 56.98m – which gave him the gold medal and a new record.

Virtually plucked out of obscurity by Sarawak’s chief coach Ling Neng Thung (throws events) back in 2011, Michael Sia is certainly paying rich dividends as the East Malaysian state completed a 1-2 in the event with Jackson Wong’s hurl of 50.05 was good for the silver. The bronze went to Rizhan Rajmi of Perlis with a distance of 46.55m.

“Good things bring cheer not only to me but also to my state. I not only won the hammer gold with a new Sukma record but also kept Sarawak’s tradition in the event,”said Michael who finished fifth in last year’s SEA Games in Myanmar where Jackie Wong won the silver.

“I thank my coach Du Yuan for what has been done to my athletics career. I also thank all people who who support me.”

The former SMK Tong Hua student was roped in 2011 by Neng Thung after he spotted Michael’s talent. He could have done even better of not for a stiff back. Michael was a silver medallist at the last Sukma.

Meanwhile, Sarawak also dominated the women’s discus when Queenie Ting’s final throw of 42.47m was good enough to win the gold medal. The silver went to Johor’s Connie Choo (37.83m) and bronze to Anny Tang Siew Ung of Perlis (34.41m).

Wilayah Persekutuan took the women’s high gold when international Yap Sean Yee cleared 1.73m. M. Shandyiani of Selangor (1.69m) and Shahirah Sazali of Perlis (1,63m) won the silver and bronze respectively.