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Published: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 9:00:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 9:07:26 PM

Nauraj wants to soar higher in 2014

Nauraj Singh, who recently won the high jump gold at the Myanmar SEA Games, wants to compete in higher level tournaments in 2014. - Filepic

Nauraj Singh, who recently won the high jump gold at the Myanmar SEA Games, wants to compete in higher level tournaments in 2014. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: After a golden outing in last month’s Myanmar SEA Games, high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa is now eyeing a better performance in 2014.

The Johorean won the gold in Naypyitaw with a height of 2.17m. It was his first Games.

Nauraj, who has a personal best of 2.20m, now wants the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) to send him to the Asian Indoor Championships in Hangzhou, China, from Feb 15-16.

“I believe that I deserve to be sent for the championships after winning the SEA Games gold.

“The meet in Hangzhou will be good for me to gauge where I stand against the top high jumpers in Asia,” said Nauraj, who started preparing for the new season under coach Alim Ahemdjoun in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday.

Nauraj said competing in Hangzhou would also help him to prepare for the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea from Sept 19-Oct 4.

“I believe I have qualified for the Asian Games after clearing 2.20m to win the gold at the Malaysian Open in October. The qualifying mark for the Asiad is 2.19m,” he added.

“Having won the SEA Games gold, my aim now is to continue improving and also competing in more higher level competitions in 2014.

“I will also go all out to win and secure a place at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (July 23-Aug 3),” said Nauraj.

The qualifying mark for the Glasgow Games is 2.23m.

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