KUALA LUMPUR: Sazari Sahar, who bagged the bronze medal in the Asian Junior Athletics championships in Ipoh last month, has been picked for a two-month training stint in Germany.
The 19-year-old Selangor decathlete will join national champion and SEA Games gold medallist Malik Tobias, who is now training at the Halle Training Centre in Germany since April.
National Sports Council (NSC) athletics liaison officer Ibni Busu said Sazari was picked for the training stint after he won a bronze medal in the Asian junior meet and also for breaking the Malaysian Games (Sukma) record in Seremban last month.
The lanky Sazari, who hails from Tanjung Karang, accumulated a total of 6,094 points to erase the old mark of 5,751, set by Negri Sembilan's Poh Chee Seng at the Penang Games in 2000.
“He has the potential to be a good decathlete and we feel he should train overseas to further improve his standard.
“Sazari's training stint in Germany is also part of his preparations for next year's SEA Games in Manila,'' said Ibni.
Sazari is currently in Hong Kong together with nine athletes to take part in the two-day Hong Kong Open, which started yesterday.
Meanwhile, national triple jumper Ngew Sin Mei's hopes of going to Finland to take part in two competitions have been dashed. She failed to get a connecting flight from Germany to Finland.
Ibni added that Sin Mei was supposed to go to Leipzig Training Centre in Germany for few days of training before taking a flight to Finland for competitions.
“However, she could not get a ticket to Finland and she had to cancel her trip. We are now making arrangements to send her to other meets in Europe,'' said Ibni.
Sin Mei was selected for competition in Finland after her outstanding performance in the Malaysian Games (Sukma) in Seremban last month.
The Selangor lass rewrote her national and Sukma record in the triple jump with a distance of 13.51m. Her old mark was 13.20m, set in the Thum Open in Germany last year. Her Games record was 12.86m.
It was the sixth time since 2002 that Sin Mei had broken the national record. Her effort in Seremban was also better than the SEA Games record of 13.46m, set in 1999 and last year by Thais Sunisa Kawrungwan and Wacharee Rittiwat respectively.
Sin Mei leaped to 6.25m in the long jump event, which beat her national record of 6.20m, which she set at the last Sukma.
But the mark will not be ratified because there was a tailwind of more than 2.4mph.