KUALA LUMPUR: Jackie Wong Siew Cheer became Malaysia's undisputed Hammer King when he cracked his own national mark for the 12th time since 2013 in the Malaysian Open athletics championships at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.
He threw a distance of 66.01m, to erase his old mark of 65.9m done at the same venue during the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games last year.
Last month, Jackie finished a miserable 14th in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a throw of 64.35m.
"I never expected to break my own record today. I did it because I was very relaxed and there was no pressure unlike how I was feeling in Gold Coast," said Jackie.
And after the Commonwealth Games, his psychologist had recommended just that -- relax.
"I should have reached this distance last year, but my problem was that I always get tensed up before any competition. But my psychologist and I had a talk after Gold Coast and it changed my fortunes," said Jackie.
He will be off to Germany soon for 50 days, to try and qualify for the Asian Games in Jakarta.
"I have no idea if this mark is good enough for me to qualify for the Asian Games, and so, I aim to throw even further in the next meet."