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KUANTAN: Wong Siew Cheer, competing in the Pahang SUKMA despite a shoulder and back injury, overcame all odds to not only win the shot put gold but smash the old SUKMA record in the process.
Jackie Wong, 21, from Sarawak hurled the iron ball 55.25m to overcome his own mark of 55.14m, set during the Melaka SUKMA in 2010.
The Sarawakian's throw was almost eight metres further than second placed team-mate Michael Sia Sung Dak's 47.58m mark while Perak's Ng Chee Chew took the bronze with a throw of 45.39m.
"This will be my last SUKMA since I will not be eligible to participate due to the age limit (21). I first took part in the 2008 Terengganu SUKMA and have since had very fond memories," he told Bernama at the Darul Makmur Stadium here today.
The bronze medal winner at the SEA Games in Indonesia last year said he would take a break from competition after the SUKMA to recover from his injuries.
Meanwhile, Yap Sean Lee of the Federal Territory, making her first appearance in the SUKMA, was on cloud nine after winning the High Jump gold on count back after clearing 1.70m.
Sean Lee, a Form Five student at the Bukit Jalil Sports School and Norliyana Kamaruddin from Negeri Sembilan had cleared a height of 1.70m but the city girl's better clearance rate compared with Norliyana, gave her the gold.
Selangor's M. Shandyiani who cleared 1.67m won the bronze.
In the women's 5,000 Walk, another Federal Territory athlete, Elena Goh Ling Yin, walked away with the gold medal after clocking 25 minutes 25.84 seconds, beating Johor's Pau Ling En who came in with a time of 26:19.66s.
Athletics competitions which opened its door at the Darul Makmur Stadium today, offered six gold medals. -- BERNAMA