Jackie edges closer to 65-me­tre mark

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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