Jackie edges closer to 65-metre mark
JACKIE Wong broke the national men’s hammer record for a second time in as many months after edging closer to the 65-metre mark at the Government Services Athletics Championships in Kangar yesterday.
The 24-year-old Jackie extended his record by 40 centimetres to 64.95m with his sixth and final attempt at the Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium.
After a 64.41m throw with his first effort, Jackie fouled out with his next attempt and took until the fifth throw of 64.15m to regain his momentum.
Jackie set the previous record of 64.55m during a month-long training and competition stint in South Korea on April 17 at the South Jeolla track and field meet.
With the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games just three months away, Jackie is targeting to reach 66 metres which could win him the gold medal considering that the 2015 winner, Caleb Stuart of the Philippines, won with a 65.63m effort, a Games record.
“I don’t know if it will be good enough to win gold but the target of my coach (Gu Yun) and I is to reach 66 metres this year,” Jackie, a bronze medallist at the last three Sea Games, told Timesport yesterday.
Jackie is planning to compete at the Thailand Open next month and possibly return to South Korea for more training before the Sea Games. Devinder Singh