Marathon man Woo lives up to his name

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  • Thursday, 06 Dec 2007

UNITED States-based national marathon runner Woo Chan Yew’s event may only be on Sunday. 

However, he was already required to utilise his tough endurance for an eight-hour plus round trip by road from Korat to Bangkok yesterday. 

Chan Yew, who had earlier endured a 20-hour journey from Iowa to Kuala Lumpur last Saturday, had to make the four-hour journey to Bangkok yesterday to get his visa stamped at the US Embassy there. 

But it was all in a day’s work for the 28-year-old University of Iowa assistant dining service manager, who had to convince the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) before being given the opportunity to represent Malaysia in Korat. 

Athletics team manager S. Anthonysamy said yesterday: “Chan Yew needed to get his US working visa as he is heading back to the States immediately after the Games. 

“He was supposed to have got it stamped in KL but he arrived on Saturday, a non-working day. We landed in Bangkok on Sunday and the embassy there was also closed. 

“But if there is a member of my athletics squad who can withstand such a punishing schedule, it has to be Chan Yew. I wish every athlete in Malaysia has the same determination and will power as him. He has made plenty of sacrifices in order to compete here.” 

Chan Yew and Shaharudin Hashim are the Malaysian hopes in the marathon, which is making a comeback to the SEA Games athletics programme after a long absence. 

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