Remember her name: Elena Goh sets new record in women’s walk event

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Malaysia’s walking athlete Elena Goh Ling Yin smashed her own personal record at the recent athletics championship that took place at the Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM).

The 21-year-old set a new personal best in the women’s walking event after she clocked 51 minutes and 42.42 seconds, annihilating her previous record of 51 minutes at 45 seconds set in Singapore in 2014.

This gives her the confidence boost she needed just before the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August, where’s eyeing nothing less than a gold medal.

“I’m sure the competitive will be tough at the SEA Games, but I want a gold medal – especially since I failed to clinch gold in the last SEA Games.” Bernama quoted her as saying.

“Worst come to worst, I’ll still secure a podium finish. Nothing less.” Elena assured her fans.

Aside from Malaysia’s two front-runners for walk events, Lo Choon Sieng and Muhammad Khairil Harith Harun who are under coach Teoh Boon Lim, Elena Goh is another promising name to add to the list, and there’s a very good reason why.

Back in 2016, Elena Goh won gold at the Malaysia Games (SUKMA) women’s 5000 m walk event for the third time. She also won the event’s gold medal in 2012 and 2014 SUKMA, and she’s now hoping to repeat the feat in the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia.

Good luck Elena, go get that gold medal!