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by aftar singh
The high jump qualifying mark for the Commonwealth Games is 2.23m, which Nauraj Singh will try to achieve at the Asian Indoor meet in Hangzhou starting Saturday. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: High jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa is a man in a hurry.
Last October, he upstaged national champion Lee Hup Wei by clearing a personal best of 2.20m to win the gold medal in the Malaysian Open at Universiti Malaya to qualify for the Asian Games.
The Asiad qualifying mark is 2.19m, which is the third-placing mark of the previous Games in Guangzhou in 2010.
Last December, Nauraj made a golden debut in the Myanmar SEA Games by clearing 2.15m.
And now Nauraj wants to do well in the Asian Indoor championships, which begins in Hangzhou on Saturday, to qualify for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games from July 23-Aug 3.
The qualifying mark for the Commonwealth Games is 2.23m, which is the sixth-placing mark of the 2010 New Delhi Games.
The 22-year-old Nauraj subscribes to the belief that “nothing is impossible”.
“One must have faith and confidence. I’m excited about facing top Asian high jumpers in the Asian Indoor meet. I have never competed at the Asian level or in the indoor competitions before,” said Nauraj.
“But I have established myself as the best high jumper at the South-East Asian level and now I want to make an impact in the Asian indoor meet.
“I have qualified for the Asiad (to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19-Oct 4) and it will be good to gauge my performance against other Asian high jumpers in Hangzhou.
“I also want to try and qualify for the Commonwealth Games,” added Nauraj, who is pursuing a degree in sports science at Universiti Malaya.
He featured in last week’s Institution of the Higher Learning Games at Universiti Malaya and won the gold after clearing 2.04m.
“I only did 2.04m because there was hardly any competition ... I’m keeping my best for the Asian Indoors,” said Nauraj, who left for Hangzhou on Friday.
Besides Nauraj, four other athletes will also feature in the two-day meet in Hangzhou. The men are pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi, triple jumper Mohd Hakimi Ismail and shot putter Adi Alifuddin Husin. Women’s 100m hurdler Raja Nurshenna Raja Azhar will compete in the 60m dash.
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