KUALA LUMPUR: Vietnam SEA Games double gold medallist Nazmizan Mohamed is among 10 athletes who have been named for the inaugural Asian Indoor Championships in Teheran next month.
The 23-year-old Terengganu sprinter, who became the first Malaysian in 37 years to win golds in both the 100m and 200m in the SEA Games, is down to compete in the 60m and 200m in Teheran.
This will be the first international meet for Nazmizan since his success in Vietnam last month. It will also be his first ever indoor meet.
“The Teheran meet will be my first indoor meet of my career. I don't have a time in the 60m because I have never run in the category before.
“However, the 60m run will be good to test my endurance and speed. I will use the event to improve my time in the 100m. My aim is to qualify for Athens Olympics in the 100m,'' said Nazmizan, who clocked 10.47 in the 100m and 21.05 in the 200m in Vietnam.
“I will also know where I stand against other Asian sprinters. But I am not setting any targets,'' said Nazmizan, who has to clock 10.28 in the 100m and 20.78 in the 200m to earn a place in Olympics.
The Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) have also included three other SEA Games gold medallists for the three-day meet in Teheran. They are decathlete Malik Tobias, walker Mohd Shahrulhaizy Abdul Rahman (5km walk) and long jumper Mohd Syahrul Amri Suhaimi.
The others included in the squad are Mohd Hazuan Zainal Abidin (long jump), Mohd Robani Hassan (60m) and Ahmad Najwan Aqra (high jump).
The women's athletes are Moh Siew Wei (60m), Shabana Khanum (high jump) and Roslinda Samsu (pole vault).