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.

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