Yap Sean Yee in a file photo. Her personal best is 1.78m at the Asean School Games in Hanoi last June, where she won the gold.
KANGAR: The country’s top women’s high jumper Yap Sean Yee is concerned with her poor form in competitions.
Since equalling the national record of 1.78m en route to winning the gold in the fifth edition of the Asean School Games in Hanoi last June, the Kuala Lumpur-born teen has not come close to her personal best in meets.
The 19-year-old made her debut in the Myanmar SEA Games last December, where she only managed 1.70m to finish fifth.
At the Australian Open in Melbourne in April, she cleared 1.74m to finish fourth.
Her immediate target is to defend her Sukma title. At the Pahang Sukma two years ago, she upstaged favourite Norliyana Kamaluddin of Negri Sembilan to win the gold medal with a height of 1.70m.
Sean Yee, who is representing Federal Territories, said that retaining the gold medal at Sukma will not be a problem.
“But I am concerned with my performance as I have not been able to clear a decent height since equalling the national record last June.
“My aim in every competition is to keep improving my mark in order to feature in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games (from July 23-Aug 3),” said Sean Yee, who is currently undergoing a pre-university course at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
Nevertheless, she hopes to overcome her poor form to break the Sukma record of 1.76m set by Norliyana in Malacca in 2010.
Sean Yee knows that Sukma is her last chance to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and it is not going to be easy to surpass the qualifying mark of 1.78m.
Yet, she remains optimistic.
“What is more important is to retain the gold medal in Sukma,” said Sean Yee, who is trained by Uzbekistan coach Alim Ahmedjouw.