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Sunday February 10, 2008

Athletics: Siew Wei’s quits

KUALA LUMPUR: Hurdler Moh Siew Wei has finally decided to hang up her spikes for good.

Although her heart says to go on, injuries to both her knees have forced her to quit.

It’s all over: Moh Siew Wei has finally decided to hang up her spikes for good after failing to recover from injuries to both her knees.

The Ipoh-born 100m hurdler said that doctors had advice her to undergo surgery on both her knees if she wanted to continue representing the country.

But enough is enough for Siew Wei.

“I don’t want to undergo anymore surgeries as I will be turning 30 in April and the time has come for me to settle down. So I have decided to retire for good,” said Siew Wei, who has been bugged by injuries the last two years.

She missed three Asian Grand Prix competitions last year due to a hamstring injury. Two years ago she skipped the Doha Asian Games because of injuries to both her knees.

Siew Wei said that she had done enough for athletics since she began competing in 1997.

“I am happy with my achievements and I have broken the national record three times in my career. My record is 13.27 and I don’t think any of the present national hurdlers have the ability to beat my time,” said Siew Wei, who set the record in a competition in Germany in 2004.

“It may take another 10 years for any athlete to break my record.”

Her best performance in an international meet came when she bagged the gold medal in the Manila SEA Games in 2005, clocking 13.51.

It was the first time she managed to beat her nemesis, Thailand’s Trecia Roberts, to the gold medal in the Games. She took the silver in the 2001 KL SEA Games and the bronze in 1999 (Brunei) and 2003 (Vietnam).

Siew Wei also took part in the 2002 Busan Asian Games, finishing eighth in the final in 13.81.

She qualified on merit for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March but failed to reach the final – finishing fifth in her heats in 13.62.

She took part in the ATF meet in Jordan last July, clocking 13.69 to finish fourth.

Siew Wei, who is an officer with Maybank in Kuala Lumpur, will be getting married to former national pole vaulter Teh Weng Chang this year.

“I have decided to settle down as I have been dating Weng Chang since the 2001 SEA Games,” she said.

Asked if she had been offered the chance to become the coach, Siew Wei said that she wanted to take the next five years off to concentrate on her job and family.