Elena can’t wait to ‘walk’ again


Elena Goh of Federal Territories posed for photographs with her gold medal after clocking the best time of 25:59.38 in the 5000m walking event women category during the Sukma athletics competition at Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium in Kangar on Thursday. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. May 29, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR: Teenager Elena Goh has only one wish for the New Year ... to walk back into the national team.

Currently Malaysia’s sole woman walker, she hopes to be back in training after undergoing surgery on both knees in August.

The 19-year-old, who is pursuing a diploma in business management at Universiti Malaya, said she’s looking at a full recovery before the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

“I did not opt for the surgery sooner as I wanted to compete in my first SEA Games (Singapore),” said Elena, who missed out on a medal when she finished fourth in the 20km event.

“I have been undergoing rehabilitation at the National Sports Institute (NSI) for the last four months.

“The doctor told me to rest for six months and I will only start training in February.”

She, however, feels it’s too soon to enter the Asian 20km Race Walking Championships in Nomi City, Japan on March 20.

“I can’t wait to start training as I have a few competitions next year,” said Elena, who will compete in three national circuits and also the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Sarawak in July.

She made her international debut in Nomi City last year and clocked a personal best of 1’42:55 to finish sixth.

Elena, who is trained by Teoh Boon Lim, hopes she will be at her best during Sukma where she has a chance to win her third consecutive gold medal.

And her long-term goal is to end Malaysia’s gold medal drought at the SEA Games.

“I have 20 months to prepare for the KL Games (in August) and I really need to train hard and compete in more meets to be in top form to achieve my goal.”

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