Lack of competitions hinders Elena’s prep

KUALA LUMPUR: The next five months is not going to be a walk in the park for Elena Goh Ling Yin (pic) as she will be without any warm-up before the Malaysian Open from Sept 4-7 in Bukit Jalil.

The national walker was supposed to compete in the Government Services Games from April 3-5 and the Combined Universities Games from April 10-12 – both in Johor Baru – but they are postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak.

The Melaka lass, who specialises in the 10km walk event is finding alternatives to be in her best form for the Malaysian Open.

“I’ve been training at my home in Bukit Rambai since the movement control order was imposed last month to maintain my fitness, ” said Elena, who will turn 24 on April 29.

“I’ve to find ways to keep myself on my toes in the five months.

Elena, who has a personal best of 51:42.42 in the 10km walk, has been following a daily training programme prepared by coach Teoh Boon Lim.

“I’ll do it twice a day. In the evening, I will either walk or jog outside – but within the compound of my house.

“It’s different from training in Bukit Jalil but I’ve to make do.”

The Universiti Malaya sports management degree student is also keeping herself busy with online programme.

“I’m doing my practical now but due to the restrictions, I’m doing it via online at home, ” said Elena, who is hoping to represent Malaysia in her fourth SEA Games in Hanoi next year.

She finished fourth in her debut at the Singapore SEA Games; bagged gold at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Games; and took the bronze at the Philippines Games last year.

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