Athletics: European stint for Roslinda

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  • Thursday, 14 Jun 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: Pole vaulter Roslinda Samsu will have a one-month training and competition stint in Europe to prepare for the World Championships, which will be held in Osaka from Aug 25-Sept 2. 

The 25-year-old Roslinda, who qualified for the Beijing Olympics next year with a 4.30m effort in the Kazakhstan Open on Sunday, will leave for the stint together with Russian coach Gennedy Potapovich on June 25. 

The Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) coaching and development committee chairman, Karim Ibrahim, said that Roslinda would be based in Spain and she would compete in at least six meets in Europe. 

“With high-level competitions, we hope that she will be able to improve on her personal best like she did in Europe last year,'' he said. 

Roslinda had a two-month stint last year and she broke the national record twice. The Kedah lass bettered her national mark of 4.25m, set at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March, by soaring over 4.30m in a competition in Portugal in June. A month later, she posted a 4.40m in Barcelona. 

The Doha Asian Games silver medallist is now ranked third in Asia and 41st in the world. 

Besides the world meet, Roslinda is also down to compete in the Asian Track and Field (ATF) in Lebanon from July 25-28 and the World University Games in Bangkok from Aug 7-11. 

Karim added that 400m hurdler Noraseela Khalid, who is now in training in Leipzig, would also feature in the World Championships. 

“Noraseela clocked a faster time (56.02) than the Olympic qualifying mark (56.50) in winning the bronze medal in the Doha Asian Games last year.  

“She has to do it again to make the grade for the Beijing Olympics,” he said. 

Meanwhile, long jumper Mohd Syahrul Amri, who was the gold medallist in the 2003 Vietnam SEA Games, has received an invitation to train at the St Petersburg Training Centre in Russia for a month. And Karim said that they were waiting for the National Sports Council (NSC) to give the green light. 

Syahrul has yet to qualify for the Korat SEA Games in December.  

To make the grade, he has to meet the mark of 7.69m, which won him the silver in Manila Games two years ago. 

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