KUALA LUMPUR: Beijing Olympics-bound high jumper Lee Hup Wei will be in Finland next month for a three-week training and competition stint.
Before leaving for the stint on July 6, the 21-year-old athlete from Dengkil will compete in the national championships at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil next weekend.
The Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union deputy president, Karim Ibrahim, said that in Finland, Hup Wei would compete in two high-level competitions –the Joensuu Elite (July 16) and Savo Elite (July 20).
Hup Wei holds the national record of 2.27m, which he set at the China Open last month and the effort met the Olympic qualifying mark. The previous record of 2.24m was set by Loo Kum Zee in the 1995 Chiang Mai SEA Games.
Karim added that two other Olympic-bound athletes – walker Yuan Yufang and pole vaulter Roslinda Samsu – has left for overseas stints.
Yufang left for Kunming on Thursday for two weeks of training while Roslinda left for Spain on Tuesday for a five-week of training and competition stint.
Karim added that the national championships on July 4 and 5 would be the last meet for athletes to qualify for the Olympics and they hoped that at least one of the two hurdlers, Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian and Robani Hassan, would make it.