Jackie sets higher target after breaking own national record


Well done: Jackie Wong Siew Cheer (right) and Grace Wong Xiu Mei posing with their gold medals at the Malaysian Closed Athletics Championships yesterday. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Iron man Jackie Wong Siew Cheer wants to become the first South-East Asian athlete to reach the 70m mark in hammer throw.

Jackie has set himself a new goal after rewriting his national record for the 17th time in the Malaysian Closed Athletics Championships at the Universiti Tenaga Nasional field yesterday.

The Sarawakian set a new record with a throw of 67.50m in his second attempt and improved it further in his fifth throw with 68.22m. His old mark of 67.31m was set at the South Korean Open Championships last June.

Sadat Marzuqi Ajisan of Negri Sembilan won the silver medal with 55.63m while Sarawak’s Michael Sia won the bronze medal with 47.38m.

Jackie is on track to defend his gold medal at the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11 as his closest rival Kittipong Boonmawan from Thailand’s season’s best is only 64.70m.

Said the Sarawakian: “I need to be on my toes despite being the best ranked in Asean as athletes from Thailand and the Philippines can spring surprises. My ultimate target is to reach the 70m mark.”

Meanwhile, national athletics head coach Mohd Manshahar Abd Jalil said the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) SEA Games selection committee have included men’s 100m defending champion Khairul Hafiz Jantan, who’s making his comeback from a long injury lay-off, as one of the 18 non-qualifiers under Category B for the biennial Games.

Khairul did not qualify for the SEA Games on merit.

(All Armed Forces unless stated)

Men

4x100m relay: 1. Johor 40.96, 2. Armed Forces 41.13, 3. Terengganu 41.22.

400m hurdles: 1. Ruslem Zikry Putra Rosli (Ter) 53.16m, 2. Muhd Firdaus Mazlan 54.24m, 4. Mohd Aftar Rosli (Ked) 54.51m.

800m: 1. Royson Vincent 1:50.56, 2. Putra Azrul Syazman Azman 1:51.87, 3. Wan Muhd Fazri Wan Zahari (Kel) 1:52.14.

5, 000m: 1. Nik Fakaruddin Ismail 15:44.65, 2. Christopher Soosai 15:57.00, 3. Soh Wai Ching (FT) 16:18.59.

20, 000m walk: 1. Mohd Khairil Harith Harun 1:39:05.55, 2. Mohd Nor Azuan Md Nor 1:48:04.42, 3. C. Teban Raj (Sel) 1:49:52.41.

Discus: 1. Muhd Irfan Shamsuddin 57.48, 2. Abdul Rahman Lee (Swk) 50.77, 3. Mirach Han (Sab) 40.08.

High jump: 1.Mohd Eizlan Dahalan (Sab) 2.05m, 2. Norshafiee Mohd Shah (Joh) 2.05m, 3. K. Prakash (Joh) 2.00m.

Long jump: 1. Abdul Latif Romly (Per) 7.64m, 2. Lokman Hakim Ramlan 7.58m, 3. Muhd Azim Abdul Kefli (Joh) 7.29m.

Hammer throw: 1. Jackie Wong Siew Cheer 68.22 national record, 2.Sadat Marzuqi Ajisan (Nse) 55.63m, 3. Michael Sia (Swk) 47.38m.

Women

4 x100m relay: 1. Armed Forces 46.78, 2. Terengganu 48.02, 3. Johor 48.89.

400m hurdles: 1. Mandy Goh Li (Swk) 64.06, 2. Nur Nasyatul Md Nasri (Ked) 66.64, 3.Nur Afiqah Sakinah Abd Hakim Ismail (Joh) 67.33.

800m: Savinder Kaur 2:12.61, 2. J. Padhmaloshini (Joh) 2:14.97, 3. Nor Aina Balqis Hashim (Kel) 2:21.54.

Pole vault: 1. Chuan Yu Tian 3.60m, 2. Nor Sarah Adi (Pah) 3.40m, 3. Nurul Fitriyana Abd Rani (Ked) 3.40m.

Discus: 1. Queenie Ting Kung Ni (Swk) 46.51m, 2. Choo Kang Ni 46.05, 3. Yap Jeng Tzan 42.67m.

Hammer throw: 1. Grace Wong Xiu Mei (Swk) 54.10m, 2. Nurul Hidayah Lukman (Sel) 50.31m, 3. Nurfazira Jalaluddin 44.17m.

SEA Games qualifiers

Category A

Men: Nauraj Singh Randhawa, Lee Hup Wei (high jump); Jonathan Nyepa (100m); Russel Alexander Nasir Taib (200m); Luqmanul Hakim Khairul Akmal (400m); Royson Al Vincent (800m); Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (110m hurdle); Mohd Harith Khairul Harun (20km walk); Anura Andre (long jump); Mohd Hakimi Ismail (triple jump); Mohd Ziyad Zulkifli (shot putt); Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin, Abdul Rahman Lee (discus); Jackie Wong Siew Cheer (hammer); Muhd Ilham Suhaimi, Abdul Waifu Roslan, Mohd Saiful Safwan (4x400); Muhaizar Mohd (marathon).

Women: Shereen Vallabouy (400m); Elena Goh Ling Yin (10, 000m and 20km walk); Nurul Alyahaziqah (10, 000m walk); R. Kirthana (triple jump); Norliyana Kamaruddin (high jump, heptathlon); Yap Sean Yee (high jump); Choo Kang Ni (discus); Grace Wong Xiu Mei (hammer).

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