Interview by Colin Tung/Red Sports. Photos by Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports

Wong Kai Yuen will be competing in the shot put event at the SEA Games. (Photo © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)

Wong Kai Yuen will be competing in the shot put at the SEA Games. (Photo © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)

Red Sports (RS): Tell us about your background as an athlete. When, where, and how did you get your start in athletics?

Kai Yuen (KY): 2004, in Nanyang Primary. I started in sprints (100m) but later changed to throws as I thought running sucked.

RS: What do you enjoy about your event? What has kept you in it over the years?

KY: I like handling hard, heavy balls. A lack of another hobby and the desire to see how far I can go in the sport.

RS: What are your aims this SEA Games?

KY: A personal best.

RS: How do you feel about competing at the first SEA Games on home ground in 22 years?

KY: Less significant than I imagined. I think it’s more important to be worrying about executing on competition day than how big this Games are or aren’t.

RS: What sort of scene do you imagine and hope to see at the National Stadium on competition day?

KY: I imagine a relatively empty stadium like during Singapore Open, but I hope it won’t be.

Wong Kai Yuen
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 91kg
Event: Shot put
Personal best: 16.24m (2014 Vietnam Open)

Also representing Singapore in the men’s shot put: Tan Yong Sheng

The men’s shot put final is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2015. See here for full schedule

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