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Thursday September 19, 2013 MYT 7:38:00 PM
Thursday September 19, 2013 MYT 7:39:57 PM
KUANTAN: High jumper Mohd Azly Ghazali is hoping to surpass the 2.20m mark in the Malaysian Open next month and make the team for the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
Actually, Azlan is among five high jumpers who have already qualified for the Games after surpassing the qualifying mark of 2.12m.
The other four are Lee Hup Wei, Nauraj Singh, S. Navinraj and A. Kavee Alagan. The five are now expected to battle it out at the Malaysian Open for the two spots available for the Myanmar SEA Games.
But on Thursday, however, Azlan failed to shine at the Asian School Track and Field Championships here when he could as only clear 2.10m to settle for the silver medal.
China’s Gao Woqi took the gold after clearing 2.13m while his compatriot Cheng Kaiwei cleared 2.07m for the bronze.
“I’m a bit disappointed to end up with a silver medal today because I was hoping to improve on my personal best (2.15m) and go for the gold medal.
“I made some mistakes in my take-off today and hesitated in some of my jumps,” said the 18-year-old, who failed to clear 2.13m on Thursday.
But Azly prefers to look ahead, saying he will do his best in the Malaysian Open next month.
“I know 2.20m is a bit too much to ask for ... but I think I can do it. The competition is very stiff for the two spots to Myanmar but, if I can finish in the top two in the Malaysian Open, I may have a good chance,” he said.
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