Hup Wei hopes to get clearance to compete in Hong Kong


Within reach: Lee Hup Wei aiming to clear 2.30m at the Hong Kong Open in order to qualify for the World Championships.

PETALING JAYA: National high jumper Lee Hup Wei has one more chance to qualify for the World Championships after missing the mark in the last two attempts.

The 31-year-old hopes to get it right by clearing the 2.30m qualifying height at the Hong Kong Open in July.

The Hong Kong meet is the last stage to qualify for the World Championships from Sept 28-Oct 6 in Doha, Qatar.

Hup Wei leapt to 2.23m en route to the gold medal in the Asian Grand Prix in Chongqing, China last week and finished top with 2.20m at the Thailand Open Track and Field Championships in Bangkok on May 21.

His season best is 2.27m, which he did when he won the gold medal at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Bukit Jalil on March 31.

“It’s disappointing to miss the cut as I’ve been working hard to meet the qualifying mark for the World Championship,” said Hup Wei, who did a personal best of 2.28m en route to winning at the Canberra Classic in Australia last year.

“I know what I need to fix and I’m quite confident of getting it right in the next tournament,” he said.

Hup Wei, who has represented Malaysia for 14 years, is hoping for the Malaysian Athletic Federation (MAF) to give him the clearance to compete in the Hong Kong Open.“It’s the last qualifying tournament and I hope to go. With some amount of pressure on me, I believe I can reach the 2.30m mark,” said Hup Wei, who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Athletics

Kenya scrambles to stave off athletics ban for mounting doping cases
Guessing game over 100m sprinter’s training attachment in the US ends
Kenyans make KLSCM their domain
Seven Malaysians show iron will to reach World Championship
Ammar sets track on fire with new mark
Eljoe leaps to second gold, Arisya gets pleasant shock
Fizzi sizzles to seal victory in second attempt
Athletics-NYC Marathon to harness livestream in fight to attract new fans
Doping-Russia's Antyukh set to lose Olympic gold after AIU disqualifies her results
Athletics-McColgan's recent 10K records invalid after course found to be 150m short

Others Also Read