KUALA LUMPUR: Athletes will be making bids to qualify for the Vietnam SEA Games in December. But for Ngew Sin Mei, she will be out to break the national triple jump record for the fifth time.
The 21-year-old Sin Mei has set her sights on chalking up a better distance in the Vietnam Open, which will be held in Hanoi from May 6-10. Sin Mei is among the seven athletes named for the meet.
The Kuala Lumpur lass holds the record of 13.20m, which she set in the Asian Junior Championships in Bangkok last November. The effort beat the SEA Games qualifying mark of 13.09m, which was the silver-medal winning effort at the 2001 KL Games.
The second-year Bukit Jalil Sports School matriculation student also holds the national long jump record of 6.20m, which she set in Sukma (Malaysia Games) in Kota Kinabalu in September.
Sin Mei said that she had been in training under Russian coach Yuri Sotnikov since Sukma and the meet in Vietnam will be her first international assignment for the year.
“It will be good for me to compete in Hanoi because it is also the venue for the SEA Games,” said Sin Mei.
But the trip to Vietnam now hangs in the balance because of the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
“If we do not get to go to Hanoi, I will compete in the Negri Sembilan Open (to be held on May 3 and 4) and make the attempt to break the triple jump record in the meet,” said Sin Mei.
Sin Mei will also compete in the Federal Territory All-Comers at the National Training Track in Bukit Jalil on April 27.
Sin Mei’s leap into the record books started at the Selangor Open last June. She hit the 12.69m mark in the triple jump to erase Noraishah Ismail’s 1995 record of 12.68m.
In the Kelantan Open last August, she recorded a 12.82m and a month later in Sukma, she chalked up a 12.85m. In Bangkok last November, she pushed it up to 13.20m.
The others named for the Vietnam Open are Mohd Sharul Chik Kadir (100m, 200m), Norashikin Abdul Rahman (100m, 200m), Robani Hassan (110m hurdles), Anuar Che Seman (400m hurdles), Mohd Zamri Mat Ali (400m) and Mohd Zafril Mohd Zuslani (400m).