Versatile Wong pulls his weight

Versatile Wong pulls his weight
Singapore's athlete Scott Wong.

SINGAPORE - He was once rated as a potential 2015 SEA Games medallist in throwing events on the athletics field.

Yesterday, however, Scott Wong was chosen as a Commonwealth Games-bound athlete for Singapore - in weightlifting instead.

The 23-year-old earned approval from the Singapore National Olympic Council's (SNOC) selection and appeals committee after he managed a total lift of 312kg (135kg snatch, 177kg clean and jerk) in the above-105kg category at the Central England Weightlifting, Nottingham Open Competition last Saturday.

The total equalled the sixth-placed result at the previous Commonwealth Games in 2010 - the qualifying criteria set by SNOC.

He joins 70 other athletes from seven sports to head to Glasgow, Scotland, for the July 23-Aug 3 Games.

Just last year, the University of Manchester student re-directed his focus to weightlifting instead, after a dispute with the Singapore Athletic Association over a perceived lack of support.

Wong credits the Singapore Weightlifting Federation for their support, and noted that the result was a "vindication of both his beliefs and his potential."

He added: "It is a great relief to hit my goals after months of perseverance. However, it is only the first step, and I will train even harder to get a good performance at the actual Games."

Wong also revealed that he is gunning for a top-five finish, with a 325-330kg total lift in the upcoming Games.

Beyond that, he is aiming for qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games and golds in the 2017 SEA Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Four teenagers also received endorsement from SNOC yesterday for this year's Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, in addition to the eight who have already qualified.

The four athletes are Nadine Joy Nathan (girls' artistic gymnastics all events), Jonathan Chan (boys' diving, 10m platform), Bernard Ong (boys' badminton singles) and Liang Xiaoyu (girls' badminton singles).

This article was first published on May 23, 2014.
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