Siti hammers away at record


HEAD OF THE PACK: National middle distance runner S. Ganeson (No.156) taking charge during the 1,500m race in the Selangor Open. He went on to take the gold medal. - STARpic by S.S. Kanesan

PETALING JAYA: Ironwoman Siti Shahida Abdullah stole the limelight on the first day of the Selangor Open athletics championships when she rewrote her own national record in the women's hammer event at the National Training Track at Bukit Jalil yesterday. 

It was the only event held in Bukit Jalil. The other events were held at the Petaling Jaya Stadium in Kelana Jaya 

The well-built multi-talented Pahang athlete hurled the hammer to a new distance of 49.79m surpassing her old record of 48.78m which she set in the Sukma (Malaysian Games) in Kota Kinabalu last September. 

This is the seventh time she has broken the national hammer throw record since 2000. Last month in the Negri Open, she hurled the hammer to 49.66m and surpassed the Vietnam SEA Games qualifying mark of 49.39m. 

However, her effort in the Negri Open could not be considered as a national record because she was only participant in the event. 

According to the rules, there must be at least three athletes competing in the event for the mark to be ratified as a record. 

Bukit Jalil Sports Schools students Tan Song Hwa (39.69m) and Patria Phang (38.68m) took the silver and bronze respectively. 

The 22-year-old Siti, representing the National Sports Council (NSC and majoring in physical education at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) said she was overjoyed to have broken her national record for the seventh time. 

“I was heart broken last month when my effort of 49.66m in the Negri Open was not considered as the national record. 

“However, I am happy to have broken my record in the Selangor Open and also beat the SEA Games qualifying mark of 49.39m twice in just over a month,'' said Siti. 

Siti, who is training under Russian coach Vladimir Ladgohin, said her next meet is the Pahang Open next month and she hopes to surpass the 50-metre mark. 

NSC's Ngew Sin Mei, the national record holder of 13.20m in the women's triple jump could only managed 12.49m in her pet event at yesterday at the PJ Stadium. She failed to beat the Vietnam SEA Games qualifying mark of 13.09m. 

Kuala Lumpur's Chung Mai Fun took the silver with a leap of 10.61m while the bronze went to R. Chandra Lekha of Silver Star Athletics Club, with a poor jump of 9.67m. 

Veteran hammer thrower Wong Tee Kue, who has qualified for the Vietnam SEA Games with an effort of 53.16m in the Negri Open last month, won again yesterday with a throw of 52.24m. His effort, however, was way off his national record of 58.52m. 

Armed Forces' Azman Mohamed bagged the silver with a distance of 47.43m while another soldier R. Gobi managed 40.64m to take the bronze.  

National middle distance runner A. Munusamy of Maybank did not run in his pet event the 1,500m but took part in the 5,000m instead. He bagged the silver with a time of 16:20.35. 

A. Thiruvitran representing NSC won the race in 15:58.50 while J. Krishna Kumar of Lights Club clocked 16:31.87 to bag the bronze.  

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