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by aftar singh
Ahmad Najwan Aqra Hassaim is the latest qualifier for the men's high jump. He cleared 2.13m in the Perak All Comers in Ipoh on Sunday to surpass the SEA Games qualifying mark of 2.12m.
KUALA LUMPUR: Six Malaysians have qualified for the men’s high jump event in this year’s Myanmar SEA Games in December.
Unfortunately, only two will get to go.
Kuala Terengganu-born Ahmad Najwan Aqra Hassaim, 28, became the latest qualifier when he cleared 2.13m in the Perak All Comers in Ipoh on Sunday to surpass the qualifying mark of 2.12m, which was the silver medal-winning effort of the 2011 Games in Palembang.
The others who have qualified are S. Navinraj (2.15m), Nauraj Singh Randhawa (2.16m), A. Kavee Alagan (2.19m), Mohd Azly Ghazali (2.12m) and SEA Games gold medallist Lee Hup Wei (2.21m).
Malaysian Athletic Federation (MAF) president Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said that the six high jumpers would compete in the Malaysian Open on Oct 19 and 20 at the Universiti Malaya Arena and the top two winners will feature in the Myanmar Games.
The two-day Malaysian Open will also be the last meet for national athletes to beat the SEA Games qualifying mark.
“Those who fail to surpass the qualifying mark can still compete in the Games provided they are ranked number one in the region based on their performance this year,” said Zainal.
“We will consider them as they have a chance to win the gold medal.”
Besides six high jumpers, nine other athletes – eight men and one woman – have also qualified on merit for the Games.
The men’s are Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (110m hurdles); S. Kanathasan and Mohd Arif Zulhilmi Alet (400m, 4x400m); Lo Choon Sieng and Mohd Khairil Harith Harun (20km walk); Iskandar Alwi (pole vault) and 4x400m (two other relay runners).
Hammer thrower Casier Renee Kelly Lee is the only woman athlete to have surpassed the qualifying mark.
Zainal said that none of men and women sprinters have qualified on merit for the Games and it clearly showed the lack of good sprinters in the country.
“We need to start focusing more in this area as it is disappointing to note that we don’t have capable sprinters in the country,” said Zainal.
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