ALOR SETAR: Coachless Faris Hazim Jamaluddin of Selangor relied on YouTube online tutorials to help him smash the boys’ Under-18 discus meet record at the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championships at the Darulaman Stadium.
The 17-year-old recorded a distance of 49.81m in his second attempt on Sunday to erase the 48.52m meet record set by Sabah’s Sean Teo 10 years ago in Kuantan.
Johor’s Mohd Aminuddin Ajmain took the silver with a 46.65m effort while Terengganu’s Muhd Ikbal Kamaruddin won the bronze on 45.68m.
The new meet record was also a personal best mark for Faris, who has been training on his own because there is no discus coach in his hometown Klang.
“I’ve not had a personal coach for discus since picking up the sport four years ago. There is a discus coach for Selangor but he is based in Gombak, which is too far for me to travel.
“I train under other coaches to improve my fitness but normally rely on the YouTube to improve my throwing techniques. I constantly pick up pointers and implement what I learn online into my training programme,” explained the SMK Kampung Jawa Klang student.
“I am proud to not only bag my first MSSM gold medal, but also to rewrite the meet record. After this competition, I will concentrate on preparing for my SPM examinations and will only think about breaking into the national back-up squad later.”
The Sarawak athletes proved that they are not only excellent in the field events by capturing three golds in the hurdles events.
Norris Foo added the girls’ Under-18 100m hurdles gold medal to her 100m silver won earlier in the day with a 14.99 run.
Siblings Mohd Rizzua Haizad and Mohd Rizzuah Al-Iqbal captured the 110m hurdles gold medals in the boys’ Under-18 and Under-15 respectively.
Rizzua Haizad romped home in 14.29 while his younger brother secured the gold with a 15.02 finish.
Sarawak added another gold through Sim Quan Ying’s 15.42m throw in the boys’ Under-15 shot putt.
Terengganu’s Muhd Alif Amirullah (14.30m) prevented a Sarawak 1-2 finish by securing the silver ahead of Samuel Ling (13.86m).