Training stint in China should Cheer Jackie up

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  • Saturday, 01 Jun 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: National hammer thrower Jackie Wong Siew Cheer is looking forward to a 50-day training stint in China.

He will head straight to Beijing after taking part in the South Korean Open Athletics Championships from June 6-7 in Gwangju, South Korea.

The Sarawak strongman is using the Beijing stint to improve his throw ahead of the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11 in Manila.

The 27-year-old rewrote the national record for the 14th time in the Asian Championships in Qatar last month by hurling a distance of 67.01m.

“I’m hoping the training in Beijing will help me break the national record for the 15th time,” said Jackie, whose effort of 65.90m was a new Games record en route to winning gold at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Karim Ibrahim said: “Jackie is the only athlete to break the national record at the Asian meet. He has been consistent over the last six years and deserves to go to Beijing.”

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