And based on his current form and determination, it won’t be long before the 20-year-old reaches his goal.
In his Malaysia Games (Sukma) debut in Perak in 2018, he bagged a gold with a distance of 15.14m. Last year, he bettered his performance by setting a personal best of 15.80m to win a gold at the Johor Open Athletics Championships.
And now, he is eyeing to inch closer to the national record of 17.54m – set by 2011 SEA Games silver medallist Adi Alifuddin Hussin – in his final Sukma outing at home from July 11-19.
“Malaysia has never won a shot put gold in the SEA Games and I want to end that long wait,” said Loong Deng.
At last year’s Philippines SEA games, Mohd Ziyad Zolkefli had to settle for silver behind homester William Morrison.
Loong Deng, who is a full-time trainee in Bukit Jalil, said he has made major progress since he trained under China coach Gu Wei Yang.
“I was involved in all the field events but coach Gu told me to focus on one and eventually, I decided on shot put. And I went on to taste success for the first time at the last Sukma Games under his guidance,” said Loong Deng.
“My coach helped me to change my technique and gave me ideas to enhance my performance.
“I want to defend my gold in my last Sukma in Johor. It’ll be great if I can break the national record held by my senior Adi but I’ll be happy to come as close as possible as well.
“I know I’ve to work harder to improve the distance.
“Eventually, I want to fulfil my ambition of qualifying for the SEA Games and winning Malaysia’s first gold medal,” added the pumped-up youngster.
The next SEA Games will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, next year, and he will definitely be one of the athletes to look out for.
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