HIGH JUMPER:Sets new championship record at the recent Malaysia Games
KAVEE Alagan Anpalagan is a versatile and skilful high jumper who has made steady progress in Negri Sembilan.
He started being active in athletics at the age of nine in primary school, where he first learnt from coach Teh Eng Eiau.
In 2002, the industrious 10-year-old from Bahau's SJK(C) Chi Wen was selected to take part in the Under-10 Jempol District Schools Sports Council (MSSDJ) meet. He duly won the gold medal in the 100m and 200m.
A year later at the MSSDJ meet, he won the boys' Under-12 80m hurdles gold and silver in the 400m.
In 2004, Kavee won the gold in the long jump (4.22m) and high jump (1.50m) as well as silver in the 80m hurdles.
He went on to bag gold in both the boys' Under-12 high jump and 80m hurdles the Negri Sembilan Schools Sports Council (MSSNS) meet as well as finished sixth in the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) meet in the high jump.
At the age of 15, he won the boys' Under-15 gold medal in the MSSNS meet as well as the MSSM meet.
On May 5, he cleared 2.11m at the Negri Sembilan Open in Paroi, eclipsing the 20-year state record of 2.06m - just as old as him set by Yusri Sijam at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 10, 1992.
At the 15th Malaysia Games in Pahang on July 11, he was the gold medallist in the high jump with a new championship record of 2.21m, erasing Lee Hup Wei's 2.20m mark set in Terengganu in 2008.
It was also a new Negri Sembilan state record.
On July 15, he shared his joy with his former schoolmates in SMJK Chi Wen on their sports day.
As a high jumper for the past 12 years, Kavee overshadowed his opponents with his agility and strength.
The 20-year-old said: "The key to my success is consistently training throughout the year to keep up my fitness level.
"I train in Bukit Jalil every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 7.30am to 9am, and from 4.30pm to 7.30pm under Uzbekistan coach, Alim Ahmedjanov.
"Whereas on Wednesdays, I train from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and Saturdays from 8.00am to 11am.
"I love this sport because I know my potential is in athletics and it is where I learn a lot about discipline and team work.
"When I was a boy, I enjoyed watching the moment where the athlete, standing on the podium, received the gold medal and singing the national anthem.
"High jumper Stefan Christian Holm from Sweden is my idol.
"The most memorable moment in my athletics life was when I won the gold medal in the Malaysia Games this year with a championship record of 2.21m."