MALACCA: National athlete Grace Wong Xiu Mei was in smashing form, rewriting two meet records on the first day of the 57th edition of the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championships at the Hang Jebat Stadium.
In the afternoon, the 15-year-old Sarawakian shattered her Under-15 shot putt record with a personal best throw of 13.48m to erase her previous mark of 12.80m set in Alor Setar last year.
Later at night, she hurled 50.74m in the hammer event of the Open category to break her own record of 50.66m, also in Alor Setar last year.
Grace, who will be making her debut in next month’s Singapore SEA Games, was thrilled with her double achievement.
“Breaking two records in a five-hour gap is my best accomplishment in any meet,” said Grace, who will compete in the hammer event in Singapore.
“I am delighted to shatter the shot putt record by more than half a metre as I’ve not been training for the event. I am concentrating on the hammer event in preparation for the SEA Games,” said Grace.
“I have a one-day rest before I make an attempt to break my third record in the discus event on Tuesday,” added Grace.
The third meet record of the day was set by sprinter Azreen Nabila Alias of Terengganu. She broke the 15-year-old mark in the girls' Under-15 100m with a time of 12.17. The previous record was set by Siti Fatimah Mohamed of Johor in 2000.
Azreen’s time was even better than the 12.41 recorded by Sarawakian Norris Foo in winning the girls' Under-18 100m.
Azreen, a Form Three student of the Terengganu Sports Schools in Kuala Terengganu, was thrilled to be one of the record breakers.
“I was confident of breaking the record as I clocked 12.12 in the Little Champs Athletics Championships in Perth in March,” said Azreen.
“My aim now is to go all out to bag the sprint double by winning the 200m final on Wednesday,” added Azreen, who has a personal best of 25.45 in the 200m.