New year, old routine for Grace

PETALING JAYA: There is no break for Grace Wong (pic).

Instead of having fun with family and friends during the New Year holiday, the 21-year-old hammer thrower is hard at work under the watchful eyes of coach Gu Yuan at the National Sports Council training ground in Bukit Jalil.

Grace believed in starting the year on the right note as she has two huge tasks this year – win a gold at the Hanoi SEA Games in May and break the 64m mark to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July.

“For me, it’s all about training, training and training,” said Grace.

“This is the only way to reach my goals and break records,” said the Sarawakian.

Besides, she is also unhappy with her performance in the national closed athletics meet last month even though she won.

She had hurled a distance of 59m, which paled in comparison with her national record of 62.48m which she set at the Malaysian Grand Prix last year.

“This mark is not good enough in international meets. I’m now working hard to perfect my techniques and build my strength to improve on my throws.”

The first Open tournament for Grace will either be in Johor or Kuala Lumpur next month.

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