Hup Wei aims for a high after Tokyo low


PETALING JAYA: National high jumper Lee Hup Wei (pic) hopes to regain his form before he competes in the Malaysian Open in December.

The 34-year-old had been down after he failed to clear all three starting jumps of 2.17m at the Tokyo Olympics in August.

Despite it being his third Olympics, Hup Wei wilted under pressure and could not time his run-ups well.

He has put the painful memory behind and hopes to rediscover his techniques and motivation during training sessions at the National Sports Council in Bukit Jalil before competing in the home championship. “Emotionally, I’m much better. I’ve met up with my family, friends and forgot about the sport for a while,” said Hup Wei.

“I returned to training in September and I told myself to start all over again and forget about the tough episode in Tokyo.

“I’m putting in the hours on the track, and making sure that I have better run-ups, jumps and techniques. I want to be ready for the upcoming trials.

“I am not setting any target for the trials, but for the Malaysian Open, I want to clear 2.20m.”

He is hoping for a good end to the year and has set his eyes on the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Hangzhou Asian Games next year.

“These championships are important to me and I want to be mentally ready. I hope 2022 will be a special year for me.”

At the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Hup Wei finished eighth with a jump of 2.21m and came in 10th at the Jakarta Asiad with 2.20m.

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