Jackie hopes Johnny will join him for hammer throw training in Bukit Jalil

Strong arms: Johnny Ling Siew Hong of Sarawak in action during the Perak Sukma recently. — S.S. KANESAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: National No. 1 hammer thrower Jackie Wong Siew Cheer has identified his successor – and it’s none other than youngster Johnny Ling Siew Hong.

The 19-year-old Johnny made a memorable outing at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) by recording a personal best throw of 57.37m to shatter the previous Games record of 56.98m set by Sarawak’s Michael Sia Sung Dak in Kuching, Sarawak, two years ago.

Johnny is currently ranked second in Malaysia based on his performance in the Sukma.

The 27-year-old Jackie holds the national record of 66.01m, which he did at the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil in May.

Jackie is hoping that Johnny will not turn down an offer to train in Bukit Jalil for the second time.

Johnny was asked to join training before the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games but was unable to attend because of his studies.

“Johnny is well-built and he has good techniques in throwing the iron ball. He has the potential to be a good hammer thrower in Malaysia,” said Jackie.

“I want to encourage him to train in Bukit Jalil to further improve himself. I hope this time he will travel to Kuala Lumpur to train together with me for next year’s SEA Games in the Philippines.

“It is good to see that my state Sarawak continues to produce potential hammer throwers for Malaysia,” said Jackie, who bagged bronze in the South Korean Open in Mokpo last week with a throw of 65.63m.

Women’s hammer thrower Grace Wong Xiu Mei is also from Sarawak and she holds the national mark (60.99m) as well the SEA Games record (59.24m).

Jackie, who finished seventh in the Asian Games in Jakarta last month with a throw of 65.92m, said his last competition this year is the Armed Forces Open in Lumut from Oct 3-5.

“I hope to maintain a throw of 65 metres to win,” said Jackie.

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