ALOR SETAR: With one mighty hurl, Sarawak’s Queenie Ting surpassed not just the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championships’ girls’ Under-18 discus record, but the present Asean Schools mark as well.
The 17-year-old Sarikei High School Form Four student achieved the feat with a 44.02m effort in her third out of six attempts in the competition on Tuesday.
She broke her previous 40.78m MSSM record set in Kuantan last year.
Her effort is also better than the existing Asean Schools record of 42.43m. Queenie is now the favourite to not just defend her Asean Schools discus gold medal won in Hanoi last year, but also break the championships’ four-year record in Bangkok later this month.
“Before coming to Kedah, my personal best throw was just over 42 metres. I am pleased with my effort here, and I hope to enter the Asean Schools Championships record books as well,” said Queenie.
It has been a phenomenal rise for the Sarawakian, who only took up the sport two years ago.
“When I was in Form Two, my teacher persuaded me to try out discus because of my physique.
“Things have turned out well since then, but my coach (Ching Neng Theng) says that I need to strengthen my legs through training to produce better throws.”
Pahang’s Chin Poh Kuan, who beat Queenie to the shot putt gold last Saturday, had to play second fiddle on Tuesday with a 34.78m effort while Sarawak’s Betty Hoong clinched the bronze on 30.85m.
There was also fierce rivalry and a tale of revenge in the boys’ Under-18 high jump, with Johor’s Norshafiee Mohd Shah pipping Sarawak’s Jonathan Tinggang Ngabang to the gold medal on countback.
Both jumpers failed to clear the 2.12m height in all their three attempts, but Norshafiee was awarded the gold because Jonathan had needed one extra attempt to clear the previous 2.10m height.
Last year, it was Jonathan who had captured the gold from Norshafiee, also on countback.
“It would have been devastating if I had again lost to Jonathan. Again, we were neck and neck and I had to be at my best to stay in the competition until the end,” said Norshafiee, a student at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School.
“This is my maiden gold after all the years competing in the MSSM and I can now leave the schools sports scene with full satisfaction.”
Despite the stiff competition, both jumpers did not come close to breaking the 2.15m meet record set by current national jumper Lee Hup Wei in 2005.