Training pays off for teenager


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SM CHONG HWA’S Teo Kun Yong had reasons to celebrate after his impressive outing in the Sentul Zone Schools athletics championships held at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil recently. 

The 17-year-old Teo, a Form Five student, won two awards in the three-day championships when he was named Best Male Athlete as well as Best Performer in the Boys’ Under-18 category. 

Teo won the awards for his record-shattering run in the 100m hurdles. Teo clocked 16.1 to erase the old time of 17.06. He also won gold medals in the triple jump and high jump events. 

Winners all: (From left) Ng, Farish, Teo, Vinoth, Yeap and Wan Noor Asyikin posing with their medals.

For the lanky lad, the impressive time was a result of a diligent training over the past two years. 

“I am surprised, but happy, to be named as the winner of both awards.  

“My training has proved fruitful,” said an excited Teo. 

The Best Female Athlete award went to SJK(C) Chaio Nan’s Yeap Sean Yee.  

Yeap was in fine form and won the gold medal in the Girls’ Under-12 category with a new record. She cleared 1.39m to erase the old mark of 1.36m set in 1999. 

SMK (P) Jalan Ipoh’s 17-year old Wan Noor Asyikin was the best athlete in the Girls’ Under-18 category. She won two gold medals with new records.  

Her first gold came in the 400m hurdles with a 76.9 effort, better than the previous record of 78.7 while in the 100m hurdles, Wan Noor Asyikin was timed 18.3 chipping a good 0.8 seconds off the old record. 

“I am happy to be crowned as best athlete. I have been involved in athletics since I was 13,” said Wan Noor Asyikin. 

Twelve-year old Farish Farhan Badri from SK Bandar Baru Sentul was named as the best athlete in the Boys Under-12 category. Farish won the award for winning the shot putt event with a 9.86m effort. 

Flying start: The 4x200m Boys Under-12 category in progress.

In the Under-15 age group, S. Vinoth was adjudged as the best male athlete while Ng Sue Yee was the best female athlete.  

Vinoth, from SMK Kepong was the winner in the 400m and 200m. In the 400m, Vinoth clocked 53.5 to erase the old record of 55.5. 

Ng, a SMK Jinjang Utara student, set three new records in the championships. Her records came in the 400m, 800m and 3,000m.  

In the 400m, Ng was timed at 65.3 (old record 66.5); in the 800m 2.36.0 (2.38.6) while in the 3,000m it was 12.22.53 compared to the old record of 12:52.1. 

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