Nauraj out to hit new heights at major events after indoor high in Europe

PETALING JAYA: National high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa (pic) hopes his solid indoor season will serve as a sneak preview of what lies ahead for him in major events this year.

The 30-year-old is eyeing greater heights in the SEA Games in Hanoi (May), Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (July) and Asian Games in Hangzhou (September).

“It was nice to win in Europe, they are small steps in my preparation towards major events this year,” said Nauraj.

He won two medals in four competitions that he took part in during the European indoor season.

He cleared a height of 2.22m in the BKK Freudenberg Hochsprung Gala indoor competition in Weinheim, Germany, on Feb 13 to emerge as the champion.

The other three tournaments were in the Czech Republic but he shone in the International Athletics Meeting Hvezdy v Nehvizdech on Feb 1, where he cleared 2.27m but the mark has yet to be officially declared as a national indoor record.

Nauraj was happy that he came through the demanding competition schedule for a month in Europe.

“I was able to put myself to test and gauge where I stood. I tried to push, go extra centimetres in every tournament,” said Nauraj.

“As the indoor season only goes for a month, it demanded a lot from me physically too.

“Hopefully, I will be able to translate all the experience in Europe into better performances in the upcoming major tournaments. Winning in those events (SEA Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games), will matter more to me,” he said.

Nauraj is currently based in Leipzig, Germany.

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