KUALA LUMPUR: Ironman Wong Tee Kue is just a year away from the big 40. But he's still one of the best around.
He proved that yesterday when he became the second track and field athlete to book his ticket to the Vietnam SEA Games, his eighth Games, when he hurled the hammer to a distance of 53.16m at the Negri Sembilan Open athletic championships, that was held at the National Sports Council (NSC) training track in Bukit Jalil.
Tee Kue, who will turn 39 in October, was well within the qualifying mark of 52.90m. His effort also bettered the seven-year-old meet record of 42.50m set by Collin Toh of Perak.
High jumper Loo Kum Zee had been the first athlete to qualify for the Games by beating the qualifying mark in February.
Armed Forces' Azman Muhamed took the silver behind Tee Kue with a throw of 46.70m. The bronze went to Forces’ R. Gobi with a distance of 40.38m.
Tee Kue, a Police sergeant-major, said he had been confident of beating the mark as he has a personal best of 58.00m.
“I am happy to have qualified for the SEA Games. Now, I hope for more good news on Monday when I sit for a course to become a Police inspector.
“I hope my dream of becoming an Inspector will also come true,'' said Tee Kue.
While Tee Kue was a happy man, the track athletes were wearing frowns. There was no electronic timing in the meet and the results would not count.
Negri Sembilan Amateur Athletic Association (NSAAA) secretary S. Chinethamby said they were supposed to get the electronic equipment from the Perak AAA.
“However, at the last minute, they told me that the electronic device cannot be used as the sensor is not working,'' he said.