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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 3:06:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 3:08:45 PM

Kanna worried about tight schedule at SEA Games

S. Kannathasan (left) in a file photo. He will be running in the 400m event as well as the 4x400m relay at the SEA Games.

S. Kannathasan (left) in a file photo. He will be running in the 400m event as well as the 4x400m relay at the SEA Games.

NAYPYITAW: National 400m runner S. Kannathasan is concern about the tight schedule of the athletics events at the SEA Games.

The 400m event heats will be held on the first day of competition on Sunday at the Wunna Theikdi main stadium at 10.30am and the final will be held at 4.30pm.

The Kuala Lumpur-born runner, who will be featuring for the first time in the 400m event, said that there is little time to recover after the heats.

“I will only have six hours to rest before I compete in the final. And the 400m event is a tiring event,” said Kannathasan, who arrived in Naypyitaw on Thursday.

“Furthermore I have just recovered from an ankle injury, which I picked up during competition in July.

“This is not an excuse as I will try my best to do well in the event,” said Kannathasan, who said that he has no fear competing against some of the top quarter-miler runners in the region.

Edgardo Alejan of the Philippines is the favourite to win the event as he has the best time in the region at 46.95.

The other top runners are Thailand’s Srikharin Wannassa (47.35) and Indonesia’s Heiu Astriyanto (47.38).

The Malaysian is ranked fourth in the region with a personal best time of 47.47, which he achieved at the Taiwan Open in May.

Kannathasan will also feature in the 4x400m, which will be held on Dec 19, the fifth and last day of the competition.

Kannathasan said that he only trained at the Games Village on Friday as they were not allowed to train at the competition venue.

“We can only train at the competition venue tomorrow and I hope it is a fast track.

“I like the weather here as it is a bit cold and windy,” said Kannathasan, who would like to forget the 2011 Palembang Games.

Malaysia won the 4x400m event but the gold was stripped from them after one of the relay runners, Yunus Lasaleh, tested positive for a banned substance.

The other Malaysian to feature in the men’s 400m event is Mohd Arif Zulhilmi Alet, who has a personal best of 47.64.

Arif will be making his debut at the Games.

Tags / Keywords: athletics, SEA Games, Malaysia, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Kannathasan, 400m, 4x400m

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