KUALA LUMPUR: National long jumper Andre Anura Anuar has only four shots to qualify for the Olympic Games and he hopes to come good.
The Tokyo Olympics is from July 25-Aug 9 but the Sabahan is positive that anything is possible in the next four months.
Andre will take part in the Queensland Track Classic in Brisbane on March 20, Australia Open in Sydney from March 22-29, Pahang Open on May 31 and Perak Open Championships in Ipoh from June 21-22.
He has a tall order to beat the qualifying mark of 8.22m. His best is only 8.02m, which he achieved en route to winning a silver at the Philippines SEA Games last December.
The 21-year-old Andre hopes to defy the odds.
“No one gave me a ghost of a chance to win a medal in my first SEA Games but I won a silver, ” said Andre, who is coached by Ahmad Firdaus Salim.
“Many are saying that it will be difficult for me to improve my personal best by 20 centimetres but I’m going to prove them wrong.
“I’ve to train much harder and stay focused on training and competitions, ” he said.
Last Sunday, he could only muster a jump of 7.90m in the Federal Territory All Comers Championships for athletes aged between 15 and 21 at the National Sports Council (NSC) Training Track in Bukit Jalil.
“It was my first long jump event since the SEA Games and I was quite pleased with my effort.
“I hope to hit above eight metres in the competition in Brisbane as I will be jumping against some of the good jumpers there, ” added Andre, who is pursuing a degree in Communications at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
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