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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 4:08:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 4:09:20 PM

Thai 400m queen Wassana not slowing down

Wassana Winatho: ' I should not have any problems winning my fourth gold in the heptathlon event in Naypyitaw.'

Wassana Winatho: ' I should not have any problems winning my fourth gold in the heptathlon event in Naypyitaw.'

NAYPYITAW: Thirty-year-old Thai athlete Wassana Winatho is not planning to slow down any time soon. Instead, she is determined to win her 11th gold medal here.

Wassana is the most versatile athlete in South-East Asia, having won gold in the 400m, 400m hurdles, 4x400m and a four-time champion in heptathlon.

She will be competing in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and heptathlon in the Myanmar SEA Games.

Wassana, who featured in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, does not expect any problems winning the heptathlon after triumphing in Asian Track and Field (ATF) in Pune, India, in July.

Wassana, who has been competing in the SEA Games since the 1999 edition in Brunei, is confident that none of the other women athletes in the region will be able to surpass her achievement of 10 golds in the Games.

“Although I turned 33 in June, I’m as physically fit as I’ve ever been. I will continue to compete for as long as I can.

“I should not have any problems winning my fourth gold in the heptathlon event in Naypyitaw,” said Wassana, who won the gold medal in the event in Brunei (1999), Korat (2007), Vientiane (2009) and Palembang (2011).

She also holds the heptathlon Games record of 5,889 points, which she set in Korat.

Wassana, who also won the heptathlon gold medal in the Asian Indoor championships in Pattaya in 2006, said she would try her best to break her Games record in Naypyitaw.

“I’ve been training hard the whole year ... I will go all out to get high scores in the seven disciplines to better my record,” said Wassana, adding that she also intends to go for gold in the 400m hurdles now that Malaysia’s Noraseela Khalid is not competing.

“She beat me to the gold in Palembang two years ago ... this time I doubt there’s anyone who can beat me to the 400m hurdles gold medal.”

Wassana said she also wants to win two gold medals in Naypyitaw to help Thailand become overall athletics champions for the eighth consecutive time.

Tags / Keywords: athletics, SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Myanmar, Wassana Winatho

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