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by aftar singh
M. Vadivellan, who is currently nursing a heel injury, says it will take a miracle for him to qualify for the Myanmar SEA Games.
KUALA LUMPUR: Gone are the days when Malaysia used to dominate the middle and long distance events in athletics in the SEA Games.
M. Ramachandran was the undisputed 5,000m and 10,000m gold medallist in the four biennial Games in the 90s.
A. Vasu was the gold medallist in the 1,500m a decade ago.
But today we don’t even have one long distance runner while the middle distance athletes are struggling to qualify on merit for the biennial Games.
M. Vadivellan, who won the bronze in the 2009 Laos Games, skipped the 2011 Palembang Games because of a knee injury.
The Kuala Kangsar runner, who holds the national record of 3:45.70 in the men’s 1,500m, has yet to surpass the qualifying mark of 3:47.65, which is the silver medal mark of the 2011 Games.
Vadivellan’s season best this year is 3:59.51, which he achieved in the Taiwan Open in May.
Malaysian athletes are also prone to injuries.
Vadivellan, who will turn 27 on Sept 24, said that he injured his heel in the Federal Territory Open in March and it has affected his performance.
“It took me two months to recover but I aggravated the injury again at a local meet in July.
“I am nursing the injury as there is still pain when I run,” said Vadivellan, who is coached by former international S. Muthiah.
Vadivellan will feature in the three-day Armed Forces Open, which begins on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be a challenge for me to surpass the qualifying mark as I am not in top form due to the injury.
“I will need a miracle to qualify for the Games,” said Vadivellan.
He will also compete in the 800m and 1,500m events at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang from Sept 22-Oct 1.
Vadivellan’s last chance to qualify for the Myanmar Games in December will be at the Malaysian Open scheduled for Oct 19 and 20 at Universiti Malaya.
Besides Vadivellan, the other athletes to compete in the Islamic Solidarity Games are national men’s middle distance runner Mohd Jironi Riduan (800m, 1,500m), Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (110m hurdles), Mohd Robani Hassan (110m hurdles) and women’s middle distance runner K. Ganthimathi (800m).
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