PETALING JAYA: Yap Sean Yee needed a national record to qualify for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and she did it in style at the FTAAA Under-Over Distance-Throws-Jumps Championships.
The 22-year-old cleared 1.81m to beat her own national mark of 1.79m to win the high jump gold at the Setiawanga MSN Stadium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Bukit Jalil Sports School’s (BJSS) Shamira Sazali was second after clearing 1.60m while team-mate Nanthini Maradaiya was third with 1.45m.
Sean Yee had recorded 1.79m twice – at the 2015 Pahang Open and then equalled it at last year’s Asean University Championships in Singapore.
Sean Yee was thrilled to bits for making the cut for the Aug 19-31 Games.
“I cleared 1.80m in my second attempt and broke the national record, but I did not stop there. The Games qualifying mark is 1.81m. So, I raised the bar to 1.81m and I cleared it in my first attempt,” said the second year human development and information technology student of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Meanwhile, Lo Choon Sieng and Khairil Harith did quite well at the Asian 20km Race Walking Championships in Nomi City, Japan, yesterday.
Choon Sieng was the best South-East Asian performer, clocking 1’27:52 for seventh place.
Khairil was placed 19th after clocking 1’30:47.
South Korean Kim Hyun-sub emerged champion in 1’19:50. Kazakh Georgiy Seiko was second after clocking 1’20:47 while Koloothum Idool of India took the bronze in 1’20:59.