FOUR old meet records were shattered at the recent 52nd Penang Schools (MSSPP) Athletics Championship, two in the boys’ category and the others in the girls’ category.
And all the four record-breakers were subsequently named the best athletes in their categories.
Loh Joo Loong of SM Chung Ling Private set the ball rolling, soaring to a new height of 2.03m to erase the old record of 1.92m in the boys’ Under-18 high jump.
Then triple jumper H’ng Zu Jia of SMK Bagan Jaya leapt to a new mark of 13.24m in his Under-15 event, rewriting the old mark of 13.20m.
Following suit were SMK Bagan Jaya’s Ng Khai Lee and Penang Chinese Girls High School’s Ooi Hong Ing who also stole the limelight during the competition with some convincing performances.
Three-gold medallist Ng, in particular, was in jubilant as she smashed the long jump record with a mark of 5.30m. The old mark was 5.17m.
Ooi gave a sterling performance in the 800m with a new time of 2:33.8s, shedding 1.3s off the old mark.
Last year, there were seven new meet records, with six coming from the boys.
But Lee Swee Seng, the Penang Schools Sports Council (MSSPP)’s athletics technical and development coordinator, was quick to point out that the athletes' performance this year was actually better than last year’s.
“There were actually more new meet records being created this year.
“However, four or five of the records could not be recognised due to the wind-assisted timings,” he said.
As for the coming Malaysian Sports School Council (MSSM) athletics championships scheduled to be held from June 19 to 23 at City Stadium, Lee said the state’s initial target was to improve on their overall standing.
“For the last two meets, we fared badly to finish 10th with only three gold medals to show.
“What we want this time is just to improve on our placing and get more than three gold medals. I think the target is reasonable and achievable,” said Lee.
He added that a panel has been set up and several outstanding athletes have been identified from this meet.
“They will be called up for centralised training,” he said.
New Meet Records
(previous records in brackets):
High Jump: Loh Joo Loong (SM Chung Ling Private) 2.03m (1.92m)
Triple Jump: H'ng Zu Jia (SMK Bagan Jaya) 13.24m (13.20m)
Long Jump: Ng Khai Lee (SMK Bagan Jaya) 5.30m (5.17m)
800m: Ooi Hong Ing (Penang Chinese Girls High School) 2:33.8s (2:35.1s)