Hurdler Noraseela fails to qualify for Asian Games

KUALA LUMPUR: National 400m hurdler Noraseela Khalid failed to qualify for the Guangzhou Asian Games even though she clocked a season’s best of 58.23 in the Malaysian Open athletics championships at the National Sports Council (NSC) Training Track in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The qualfying time for the 31-year-old was 56.85, which Noraseela did to win the bronze medal at the 2006 Doha Asiad.

Only two competiors took part in the event and another Malaysian, Emmy Ah Kim clocked 70.29.

Noraseela said that she had only recovered from heal injury in August and was happy with her effort yesterday.

“I could have clocked a better time if there was someone to push me to do it,” said the 2009 Laos SEA Games gold medallist.

Noraseela added that she would make an appeal to the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) to include her in the team for the Guangzhou Games.

“I know I can give my best in Guangzhou with the stiff competition there,” said Noraseela, who has a personal best of 56.02.

The MAAU deputy president, Karim Ibrahim, said that they would decided on whether to send Noraseela to the Asiad in a council meeting this week.

Guangzhou Asiad-bound Roslinda Samsu won the women’s pole vault with a height of 4.10m, which was way off her national record of 4.40m.

The 28-year-old Kedahan said that winning the gold in the Malaysian Open had boosted her confidence to give her best in Guangzhou.

“I was disappointing for me in the Delhi Commonwealth Games as I only managed 3.95m for eighth place,” said Roslinda.

National women’s hammer thrower Tan Song Hwa won the gold with a distance of 57.42m. However, her effort was more than a metre short of her national record of 58.45m, which she did in Hungary in August.

The two-day meet was a dull affair as no Malaysian athletes managed to break the meet record. A few events had to be cancelled because there were no competitors.

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