CHIN LENG SIM @ MARINA CHIN AMN, PJK

Category: Athletics
Sport: Athletics
Year Inducted: 2011

Chin Leng Sim @ Marina Chin born  in 19 October 1955 at Butterworth, Province Wellesley Pulau Pinang, married to Jagjit Singh, a/l Johinder Singh.  For Sports fans, the name of Marina Chin would not fade from memory, queen of sprint and hurdles that made their mark on sports fields, about 30 years ago with a row of impressive achievements.

Involvement as an athlete. It started just a coincidence when she representing the Sentul Convent School, the School Zone Athletics Championships at the age of 16 years (1971) – Victory in the two sprints – 100 and 200 meters is the turning point of Marina to get involved more serious and her first appearance on the stage of SEA Games has helped the team as the host country for gold medal 4 x 400 meters. The year which she considered success and most sweet.

In March 1972 Marina renew the 200 meter national record with 26.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds over the old record at the All comers Championship of Amateur Athletics Association of NSW at the Merdeka Stadium.

Becoming a teacher is a dream come true for Marina, and in 1975, she is a student teacher at the Seri Kota Teachers College.  She won the Silver medal 400-meter hurdles in the Asian Athletics Championships in Seoul, South Korea.

In September the same year, Marina continued excellence, when once again renew the national record, 100-meter hurdles event with a record 02.15 seconds, and the 400 meter hurdles event with a record 64.9 seconds in the Singapore Open Athletics Championships.

It does not stop there, the following year, Marina won a gold medal 100 meter hurdles event with a record 15.3 seconds at the Athletics Invitation Tournament Philippines, and to renew the national record with a record 28.04 seconds in the 200 meter hurdles event at the Malaysian Open Athletics Championships in Alor Star, Kedah in August 1976.

Success after success that saw her named as drawn national and Selangor Sportswoman for two consecutive years, 1976 and 1977.  At the 1977 SEA Games, Marina won double gold at 100 and 200 meter events, and almost matched the achievement M. Rajamani with the third gold medal, In 1979, the team with Saik Oik Cum,  Marina, V. Angamah and Zaiton Othman, Malaysia presented the Silver medal 4×400 meter event at the International Track & Field Championships Asia Tokyo.

She then won gold medal 100-meter hurdles, and 4×400 meter Championship of the 10th SEA Games Jakarta, in the same year. However her contribution does not end there, return home after completing her studies in the field of Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts, Marina contributed her services in the Ministry of Education, as well as seriously involved in various activities and seminars to uphold the field athletics with the National Sports Council.