Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Shot putter Meveeqhen making great strides at only 16



KUALA LUMPUR: Shot putter R. Meveeqhen may be only 16 but he is already making great strides in the sport.
The Form Four student of St Michael School in Ipoh, won the gold in the boys’ Under-18 category in the National Schools (MSSM) athletics meet in Kuantan last month with a throw of 15.14m.
The burly Meveeqhen, who is 193cm (6ft 3in) tall and weighs 98kg, marked his international debut by hurling the putt 15.57m for the bronze medal in the South-East Asia (SEA) Youth athletics championships in Ho Chi Minh City last week.
That has earned Meveeqhen, who trains under former international Arjan Singh Kalhsa in Ipoh, selection for the fifth edition of the Asean Schools Games in Hanoi from June 22-30.
And Meveeqhen was quick to thank Arjan for his rapid progress.
“If not for him (Arjan), I don’t think I would have been able to make such a vast improvement,” said Meveeqhen, who only started training under Arjan in January.
Meveeqhen, who only took up shot putt two years ago, felt that he could have won the gold in Ho Chi Minh City if he had not faulted his sixth and last throw, which surpassed the 16m mark.
“I intend to improve on my personal best and surpass the 16m mark in the Asean Schools Games,” said Meveeqhen, who is training in Bukit Jalil.
He was supposed to be trained by national throws coach Mohd Nazar Abdul Rahim in Bukit Jalil but the coach has been hospitalised since last week with heart problem and pneumonia.
“I’m now training under Faisol Harun, who is the coach for the disabled athletes. I wish I was back in Ipoh training under Arjan ... he could help me prepare better for Hanoi,” said Meveeqhen, the second of three siblings and whose ambition is to be a petrochemical engineer.
Meveeqhen is among 35 athletes – 19 boys and 16 girls – named for the Asean Schools Games in athletics.

Courtesy of The Star

The whole Michaelian community is with you, Meveeqhen.
The shot putter was honored by the school at the morning assembly in St Michael's Ipoh. With him are the Principal and En Helmi (Sports Secretary)

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