KUALA LUMPUR: SEA Games silver-medal winning discus thrower Choo Kang Ni is slowly but surely making progress since changing to a new technique in February.
The Johor athlete rewrote her meet record with a hurl of 46.81m in the Perak All-Comers 2 Athletics Championships at the SMK Seri Kandi Mini Stadium in Teluk Anson yesterday.
Her previous record was 45.41m, which she did in the Perak All-Comers meet in Ipoh in February.
Kang Ni’s latest effort was more than one metre short of her national record of 47.91m, which she did in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017 to win silver.
Quennie Ting Kuang Ni, who will make her debut in the SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11, bagged the medal silver with an effort of 45.05m.
Aina Muzrina Abdul Jalil of Perak won the bronze with a throw of 28.14m.
The 25-year-old Kang Ni changed her throwing technique since training under coach Mohd Aki Hamid in February.
“It is taking me some time to master the new technique but I am slowly improving my throws in competitions. I hope to get it right in the SEA Games in December.
“I want to break my national record in the SEA Games to finish on the podium, ” said Kang Ni, who will compete in the pre-SEA Games in New Clark City, the Philippines, from Oct 26-27.
Kang Ni, who is pursuing a degree in sports science at Universiti Malaya, will also take part in the Sabah Open on Nov 1-3.
Mohd Azeem Mohd Fahmi, who is dubbed Malaysia’s “Usain Bolt”, clocked 10.64 to win gold in the boys’ Under-16 100m final.
The 15-year-old’s time was just 0.01 short of his personal best of 10.63, which he did in the Under-15 National Sports School Council (MSSM) Athletics Championships in Johor in April.
The time Azeem clocked in the Under-16 category is the same time Mohd Aqil Yasmin clocked to win gold in the men’s 100m final.
Men100m: 1. Mohd Aqil Yasmin (Sel) 10.64,2. Mohd Aiman Faris Sayuti (Sel) 11.18,3. Mohd Din Norbik (Sab) 11.22.
Under-16 100m: 1. Mohd Azeem Mohd Fahmi (Prk) 10.64,2.Ahmad Amir Aiman Mohd Kamaruddin (Prk) 11.38,3. Luqman Nur Hakim Abdul Wahab (Prk) 11.41.
800m: 1. Abqari Ajwad Kamaruzzaman (Unimap) 2:00.61,2. R. Mogeshkumar (Prk) 2:05.53,3. Mohd Nazirul Amin Mohd Nizam (Prk) 2:07.40.
400m hurdles: 1. Mohd Syakimie Syamsudin (Ked) 56.57,2. Mohd Alief Iqmal Azmy (Prk) 56.99,3. Arifzal Hazmi Zainol (Prk) 64.37.
3000m steeplechase: 1. R. B. Gokhul (Prk) 10:02.19,2. Daren James Nair (Sel) 10:03.45,3. R. Jeevendra (Prk) 11:50.99.
10,000m walk: 1. C. Teban Raj (Sel) 52:54.80,2. Mohd Aliff Mubarak Ahmad (Bebas) 54:20.45,3. C. Shasvin Raj (Prk) 1’04:41.
Shot putt: 1. Kamal Farhan Rahman (Per) 14.64m, 2. Mohd Shahrul Mohd Tarmizi (Prk) 13.42m, 3. Gary Tan Yih Luen (Prk) 10.42m.
Women100m: 1.Azreen Nabila Alia (MAF) 12.09,2. Aisyah Rofina Aling (Sab) 12.78,3. A. Siva Sangkari (Panthers) 13.16.
800m: 1. Siti Aisah Abdul Rashid (Prk) 2:31.85,2. Anus Sahira Malagustin(Sel) 2:35.16,3. Teh Ren Qi (Mel) 2:35.17.
400m hurdles: 1. Teoh Kim Ling (Unimap) 67.16,2. Noor Atikah Abdul Zaimi (Prk) 71.03,3. Nur Sulaiha Ahmad (Prk) 95.69.
Discus: 1. Choo Kang Ni (MAF) 46.81m (meet rec), 2. Quennie Ting Kuang Ni (MAF) 45.05m, 3. Aina Muzrina Abdul Jalil (Prk) 28.14m.
Javelin: Ain Aqilah Abu Samah (Prk) 29.48m, 2. Maielisya Natrah Isam (Prk) 28.72m, 3. Nur Alia Natasha Mat (Prk) 26.27m.
Long jump: 1. R. Kirthana (MAF) 5.88m, 2. Anis Sahira Malagustin (Sel) 5.04m, 3. Heng Jia Wen (Sel) 4.68m.