PETALING JAYA: Eight months is a long time for Ngew Sin Mei in not having rewritten the national long jump record.
The last time she broke the record was in the Malaysian Open in September last year. And Sin Mei feels that it is about time she cracked the mark of 6.26m. She hopes to achieve it in the Taiwan Open, which begins in Kaohsiung on Saturday.
“It’s not going to be easy but I believe that there will be a high level of competition in the Taiwan Open. That will create the right environment for me to rewrite the long jump record,” said Sin Mei.
“I am going to compete with a positive attitude. I am also down to compete in the triple jump. But lately, my right ankle has been acting up. There is pain when I execute the triple jump because of the hopping required before the leap,”
For the triple jump, Sin Mei holds the national record of 13.74m.
“I won’t be looking at rewriting the triple jump record in Taiwan. If the pain is excessive, I might not compete in the triple jump at all. I don't have to take unnecessary risks because I have already qualified for the Manila SEA Games,” she said.
Sin Mei qualified Manila Games in the triple jump in the Pahang Open last month and did it for the long jump in the Thailand Open last week.
Yesterday, Sin Mei was among the 15 students from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) whose achievements were displayed at the launching of the school's Gallery of Sports Inspiration.
The gallery, which cost RM20,000 to set up, is a joint project undertaken by Milo and the BJSS.
The gallery honours the achievements of BJSS students who have represent the country in the SEA Games, Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games. It is also meant to inspire others to achieve excellence.
Among the achievements of the other BJSS students, past and present, that went on display belonged to divers Leong Mun Yee and Bryan Nickson, shooter Azlan Johari, swimmer Daniel Bego, rhythmic gymnast Goh Yi Wei and sprinter Irnie Hasliza Ibrahim.
Yi Wei, who quit the sport after winning four gold medals at the 2001 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, said: “It’s been four years since I took part in the SEA Games. But the memories are still fresh in my mind.
“Hopefully, the current students are inspired by my achievements to become better athletes.”
Yi Wei is now in her second year into medical studies at the International Medical University.