Ayna believes she can hurl the distance for Sukma gold

KUALA LUMPUR: Javelin thrower Nur Ayna Nuha Maton (pic) is optimistic of a good showing in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Johor.

So much so she’s targeting a gold medal at the Games from July 11-19 after withdrawing from the last edition in Perak two years ago due to an elbow injury.

The 19-year-old’s confidence stems from the fact that she has been in top form on and off the athletics field in the last one week.

“It has been a good start for me this year and I want to keep improving. I hope to do my personal best in Sukma,” said Ayna.

Last Saturday, Ayna broke the 24-year women’s javelin meet record in the Perak All-Comers 1 Athletics Championships at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh by hurling a distance of 41.31m to erase the previous record of 41.00m set by Lee Boon Bee of Perak in 1996.

And three days later, she found out that she scored an A in Sports Science in her Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examination and obtained a 2.85 GPA.

Ayna said that she is happy with her achievements in sports and studies.

“I am thrilled to score an A plus in my favourite subject. I have Cs in three other subjects but I’m eligible to apply for a place in the varsity,” said Ayna, who hopes to get a place in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Ayna, who bagged bronze in the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil with an effort of 37.27m last year, hopes to become the national No. 1 woman javelin thrower.

“I’m just a junior athlete now but I hope to break the national record of 49.34m (set by Siti Nur Nadiah Othman in the Thailand Open in 2014),” said Ayna, whose next competition is the Perlis Open from March 7-8.

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