Brunei’s Kon Weiliang leaves for youth meet in Philippines

|      Fadhil Yunus      |

BRUNEI Darussalam’s junior athlete Kon Weiliang will take part in the long jump event at the 14th Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championship at the City of Ilagan Sports Complex in Ilagan City, Isabela Province in the Philippines.

The track and field athlete, accompanied by his coach Maqnun bin Wahab, hoped to achieve a new personal best in the race and break his current mark of 6.20 metres.

“I want to set a new personal best record. I try to get 6.3 metres or more during the competition,” said Weiliang in an interview with the Bulletin at the Brunei International Airport last night prior to leaving for the Philippines.

Present to bid the delegation farewell was President of Brunei Darussalam Athletics Federation Major (Rtd) Mohd Talip bin Haji Mohd Tahir.

The competition, which is held tomorrow and on Sunday, is organised by the Philippines Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA).

The Philippines meet will be his third regional or international competition, having previously made an appearance in the ASEAN School Games in Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak last year.

The sole Brunei Darussalam competitor said that Malaysia will be the strongest team in his discipline largely due to their experience.

Asked about his training in preparation for the meet, Maqnun said, “Kon Weiliang has been training for almost two years. Last year, his training was on and off because of his studies.

“Now, he is training according to our schedule which is five times a week.”

The 16-year-old’s training focussed on speed, power and strength, and as the competition got closer, they worked on technical jump and take-off as well.

The coach also hoped that Weiliang will achieve a new personal best, adding that getting a medal will be a bonus.

President of Brunei Darussalam Athletics Federation Major (Rtd) Mohd Talip bin Haji Mohd Tahir with junior athlete Kon Weiliang and coach Maqnun bin Wahab in a group photo at the Brunei International Airport. – FADHIL YUNUS