Mixed feeling for Hup Wei as he wins in Almaty but misses Olympics mark

Malaysia high jumper Lee Hup Wei in action during the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.- FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.

PETALING JAYA: National high jumper Lee Hup Wei wins his first international competition this year at the Qasanov Memorial in Kazakhstan but he isn't jumping for joy.

He cleared 2.10m to win the event in Almaty on Sunday (June 20) but failed to hit the Olympic Games qualifying mark of 2.33m.

It would have been nicer to qualify on merit but the seasoned campaigner Hup Wei will still make it for his third Olympics in Tokyo based on the world ranking.

He has to remain in top 32 by end of June to make the cut and currently, he is lying at the 16th spot.

Meanwhile in the 200m final, Jonathan Nyepa sprinted to his second silver when he finished second with a time of 21.76s while Mohd Ilhan Suhaimi finished third with a time of 27.92s.

Jonathan had won a silver medal in the 100m with a time of 10.64s on Saturday.

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