Wei Heng runs into history

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Tan Wei Heng of SMK Aman Jaya created a sensation when he became the the first Kedah schoolboy to run the 800m under two minutes at the 52nd Kedah Combined Schools Track and Field Championships at the Darulaman Stadium.

The indomitable Wei Heng clocked 1:57.99s to erase the former record of 2:01.30s by P. Yuvaraj in Langkawi in 2007.

He contributed two of the 12 records set during the four-day meet, having earlier smashed the 13-year-old 1,500m championship record with a time of 4:12.08s.

His effort sliced off more than a second off the previous record of 4:13.80s held by V. Thiruvatiran in 1998.

So strong and steady was his running that he dominated the long distance events by also winning the 5,000m race in 17:11.29s.

The three gold medals that he bagged won him the boys’ Class One champion athlete award. He was also adjuged the best male ath-lete of the meet for his two meet records.

Wei Heng said he was determined to win after a lot of hard training.

“I must thank my coaches Sani Saad and Idris Saad for their attention and effort to see me improve my performances and also my family members for their support,” he said.

His success, in many ways, inspired his district, Kuala Muda-Yan (KMY), to regain the overall championship crown by collecting a total of 29 gold, 26 silver and 12 bronze medals.

It was KMY’s sixth victory in the history of the championship.

Their nearest contender Kota Setar, who had dominated the scene in the early years, were a distant second with 21 gold, 16 silver and 17 bronze medals.

KMY, the champions in 2009 but lost the title to Kubang Pasu by a solitary gold in last year’s meet, came back with a vengeance to dominate the proceedings from start to finish in this year’s meet.

Their athletes managed to break six of the 12 records.

KMY received another accolade when Puteri Nurliyana Abdul Hajat was adjudged the best female athlete of the meet.

Puteri Nurliyana, who is studying at Bukit Jalil Sports School, leapt 1.69m to re-write the high jump record.

She also won a silver in the long jump with a clearance of 4.86m. For her feat, she also won the girls’ Class One champion athlete award.

The record breakers are:

Boys: Class One — Tan Wei Heng (KMY) 800m, 1500m; Class Two —Mohd Afifi Fauzi (KS) 200m hurdles, Muhamad Zulhairir (KP) 200m, Ku Amir Syazwan (KMY) 400m, Lim Aun Hui (KMY) 2000m steeple chase, Mohd Afiq Akmal (L) triple jump, Kuala Muda-Yan 4x400m relay; Kubang Pasu 4x100m relay; Class Three — Mohd Shahir (KBB) 80m hurdles; Mohd Amzar Syahmir (KP) high jump.

Girls: Class One - Puteri Nurliyana (KMY) high jump.

Champion athletes:

Boys: Class One — Tan Wei Heng (KMY), Class Two — Mohd Afiq Akmal (L), Class Three — Mohd Amzar Syahmie (KP).

Girls: Class One — Puteri Nurliyana (KMY), Class Two — Nor Shahidatul Nadia (KS), Class Three — Nurul Izzah Nazri (P).

Team standings: 1. Kuala Muda-Yan (29-26-12), 2. Kota Setar (21-16-17), 3. Kubang Pasu (15-20-16), 4, Kulim-Bandar Baharu (11-10-18), 5. Pendang (5-3-1), 6. Langkawi (4-5-11), 7. Padang Terap (2-2-6), 8. Baling-Sik (1-6-7).

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