Jonathan bags sil­ver at World Para meet

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page - By Ar­fandi Jaa­far

It may be a long way still for Sabah to get back in the rung among the coun­try’s lead­ing pow­er­houses in sports. Pas­sion and spirit are key to driv­ing it for­ward and with no lack thereof, the path to re­al­is­ing the am­bi­tion could be shorter than pre­vi­ously imag­ined.

KOTA KINABALU: It may be a long way still for Sabah to get back in the rung among the coun­try's lead­ing pow­er­houses in sports. Pas­sion and spirit are key to driv­ing it for­ward and with no lack thereof, the path to re­al­is­ing the am­bi­tion could be shorter than pre­vi­ously imag­ined.

Vi­sion cre­ates the push needed to inch it for­ward and none presents it more clearly than the Min­istry of Youth and Sports.

But ath­letes play cru­cial role in in­ject­ing hope through com­mit­ment and ef­fort re­flected in their achieve­ments. And the lat­est name to be made a beam­ing ex­am­ple is na­tional long jumper Jonathan Wong.

The 28-year-old lo­cal won a sil­ver medal in the T12 Long Jump at the World Para Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates on Thurs­day (Fri­day in Malaysia), when he jumped a dis­tance of 7.06 me­tres in his fifth at­tempt for his sea­son's best.

The dis­tance, how­ever, was a far cry from his per­sonal best of 7.22m set in China Open in May last year.

Doniyor Saliev of Uzbek­istan, 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medal­list, won the gold, set­ting a new com­pe­ti­tion record of 7.44m, thus eras­ing the pre­vi­ous dis­tance of 7.10m set by four-time Par­a­lympic cham­pion, Hil­ton Lan­gen­hoven of South Africa at the 2006 edi­tion in Assen, Nether­lands.

Rio Olympics 2016 sil­ver medal­list, Kamil Aliyev of Azer­bai­jan, on the other hand, set­tled for bronze by post­ing his sea­son best of 7.00m.

And the sil­ver earned Jonathan a ticket to the Tokyo Par­a­lympics next year and on hand to recog­nise the achieve­ment was Sabah's Youth and Sports Minister Phoong Jin Zhe.

Phoong praised Jonathan for his ef­fort and hard work. He de­scribed the sports­man as a role model for all young Saba­hans.

"I am proud of Jonathan's suc­cess and I hope that other tal­ented Saba­hans would con­tinue to shine on the world stage," he said.

Jonathan is a na­tional Par­a­lympic ath­lete who pre­vi­ously proved his abil­ity by win­ning a gold medal at the world ath­letic grand prix event ‘Le Han­dis­port Open de Paris' in France in Au­gust.

The two achieve­ments have in­spired Jonathan to train harder for more suc­cess.

He will be com­pet­ing among the world's best in Tokyo next Au­gust and he hopes to make the coun­try proud.

Mean­while, Phoong stressed that the gov­ern­ment through his Min­istry was com­mit­ted to re­gain­ing Sabah's sta­tus as a pow­er­house state in sports.

He said it was achieve­ments like

Jonathan's that pro­vide hope for the am­bi­tion to be re­alised.

As a cat­a­lyst for suc­cess, the Min­istry, un­der Phoong's lead­er­ship is de­vel­op­ing the Sabah Sports Master­plan. Among the ob­jec­tives is to pro­duce out­stand­ing ath­letes of in­ter­na­tional cal­i­bre.

Jonathan Wong, a beam­ing ex­am­ple of out­stand­ing ath­letic achieve­ments, holds up the Jalur Gemi­lang af­ter win­ning a sil­ver medal in the long jump at the World Para Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Dubai.

Phoong (right) shares a mo­ment with Jonathan shortly be­fore the lat­ter's de­par­ture to Dubai for the World Para Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

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