KOTA KINABALU: Up-and-coming Sarawak’s Ngu Kit Min stole the limelight on the final day of the Sabah Open Track and Field Championships at the Likas Stadium here yesterday, shattering the 14-year-old national discus record en route to winning the gold medal.
The 26-year old Kit Min, who was in commanding form, hurled the discus to a distance of 47.60m, bettering the old mark of 47.38m set by former Sabah champion Gabriel Moinjil in the 1989 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Local hopeful Sean Paul Teo, who represented the Kinabalu Fast Track Club, was second with a throw of 37.20m while Kit Min’s teammate Dau Jampang finished third with a 31.75m effort.
“Of course, I am happy with it. I didn’t expect to break the national record but before the start I told myself to go for the best and I made it,” said Kit Min.
“Now my immediate target is to do well in the Malaysian Open in September, if possible, to hit beyond the 50-metre mark and qualify for the SEA Games in Vietnam,” he added.
Asked to comment on Kit Min’s new record, the 40-year-old Gabriel, who won the bronze medal in the 1989 SEA Games, said he was happy that “finally somebody has broken my record”.
“Well, it’s high time others (discus throwers) set a better mark.
“Actually, I was hoping to see Sabahan Mohamad Fadzil Affendy break my national record as he managed to hit the 47.18m mark while preparing for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
“Anyway, I wish Kit Min all the best and hope he can go further in his endeavour,” said Gabriel.
Meanwhile, as expected, national junior champion Mary James Nakaran clinched the gold medal in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 11.72m.
However, the Ranau-born lass failed to better the national record of 12.68m set by Kuala Lumpur’s Noraishah Ismail in Penang in 1995.
Laura Petrus of Tambunan and Sarawak’s Josephine Ensuna took the silver (10.80m) and bronze (10.69m) respectively. – Bernama