Chin Poh Kuan completed a hat-trick of MSSM Championships girls' Under-18 shot putt gold medals at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar on May 3, 2014.
ALOR SETAR: Pahang’s Chin Poh Kuan signed off from the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championships by completing her hat-trick of Under-18 shot putt titles at the Darulaman Stadium.
The 18-year-old’s second throw of 12.24m was enough to land her the first gold medal of the 56th MSSM championships on Saturday. It was her third consecutive victory in the Under-18 category and fourth straight success in the annual national schools meet after also winning the Under-15 shot putt gold in 2011.
Sarawak’s Betty Hoong took the silver with a 11.18m throw while Kuala Lumpur’s Nur Syafiqah Amirah settled for the bronze on 9.80m.
“I was confident of defending my title here, but did not expect to better my previous personal best of 12.02m,” said the Bukit Jalil Sports School student from Bentong.
“I am also disappointed to miss out on a new MSSM shot putt record (12.35m). This was my last chance to break the record but I fell short by 11cm.”
Poh Kuan cited her family as the greatest encouragement to her wanting to represent Malaysia in international meets.
“I was asked to try out shot putt in primary school because of my stout physique, and I have stuck with it since.
“My family is active in sports, especially in athletics and basketball. They supported my decision to go to the Bukit Jalil Sports School and train to become a top athlete,” said Poh Kuan.
Meanwhile, Perlis won a surprise gold medal on the opening day of the meet through Abdul Latif Romly in the boys’ Under-18 triple jump.
The feat by the 17-year-old SMK Syed Alwi student from Kangar was more remarkable for the fact that he did not even make the eight-athlete final during his MSSM debut last year.
Abdul Latif’s leap of 14.55m landed him the gold ahead of Perak’s Mohd Aiman Asfani (14.08m) and Kuala Lumpur’s Mohd Qayyum Izlan (13.76m).
“It was a surprise to learn that I had won the gold. I came to Alor Setar with zero expectations and just wanted to gain valuable experience.
“After this victory, maybe I will consider taking part in more competitions to see how much I can improve,” said the soft-spoken Abdul Latif, who has already fulfiled 50% of Perlis’ target of winning two gold medals at this year’s meet.