Shot put prodigy Wong shatters U-12 record

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PROMISING ATHLETE: Wong broke the MSSM record by throwing the shot putt to a distance of 12.42m in the Girls U-12.

MIRI: Shot-putter Grace Wong is a star in the making.

The talented athlete from Sarikei is destined for bigger achievements and glory in both the state and national athletics scenes.

The 11-year-old primary five student of SJK Hua Nam, Sarikei shattered the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field championship record and the state record in the Girls U-12 shot putt at the 39th Sarawak Schools Sports Council (MSSS) Track and Field Championship at the Miri Stadium yesterday.

Wong’s excellent feat of 12.42m was achieved with her first throw in the eight-competitor field and it also bettered her own record of 10.73m set at MSSM meet in Johor Bahru, Johor last year.

The state record of 10.41m was held by Ngu Mee Zing of Miri since 2003.

“This is an extraordinary feat and I am indeed very pleased with Wong’s performance today. I was caught by surprise as I was expecting her to hit 12m today,” said Sarawak State Sports Council’s Sarikei Centre of Excellence for athletics (throwing events) coach Thomas Ling Neng Thung.

Wong’s second throw hit 12.18m and then her performance began to dip with the worst throw at 10.33m, which was even good enough to win the gold medal as the silver medallist Voon Vui Wei’s best throw was 9.65m.

Coming in third was Elvi Liana William of Mukah who registered a throw of 9.42m.

“Wong is different from other athletes and needs special training. I noticed that she can do better in the first five throws so she is more suited to quality training instead of quantity training,” said Ling.

According to him, Wong is very talented and has tremendous potential to go far in shot putt provided that she trains consistently with proper training facilities.

Ling is also pleased with his other charges as they have also done well in the state meet that commenced on Monday and ended yesterday.

Michael Sia won the Boys Open hammer throw gold, Tiong Mee Yien Girls Open hammer throw, Yek Chu Kee Boys Open hammer throw silver, Queenie Ting Girls U-14 discus gold and Girls U-14 shot putt silver, Wong Poh Yee Girls U-14 discus silver, Jackson Wong Boys U-15 discus gold and Wong Jing Huei the Boys U-15 discus silver while Raymond Sia won the Boys U-14 discus gold and Boys U-14 shot putt bronze.