| Canberra, Australia | 21 Feb 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Malaysian high-jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa has created a personal best of 2.25m in high jump at the Canberra Track Classic on Saturday (20 Feb 2016), only four centimetres short of qualifying for the Rio Olympics.
Nauraj, a two-time gold SEA Games gold medalist, is on a two-and-a-half month training-cum-competition stint in Australia. He is training under Australian coach Alex Stewart in Sydney.
He went to Sydney last month to train and compete with Australian high jumper Brandon Starc, who has already qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August. But the Malaysian upstaged Starc to win the gold in the Canberra Track Classic on Saturday with a new personal best of 2.25m. His previous record of 2.22m was achieved also at this meet last February, reports The Star.
The report quotes his as saying:
“Training under coach Stewart helped me improve my technique. Today was also the best day of my life as I managed to improve my personal best by three centimetres in my first competition this year.
“After clearing 2.25m, I ask for the bar to be raised at 2.29m to equal the Olympic qualifying mark. But I failed to clear the height in all three attempts.
“Canberra is a good hunting ground for me. Last year, I improved my personal best by one centimetre and this time I managed to improve it by three centimetres.”
Now Nauraj is confident of breaking the national record of 2.27m set by Lee Hup Wei in the China Open in Beijing in 2008, it adds.
And he’ll have three opportunities to do so in Australia, at the Perth Track Classics on March 12, Sydney Track Classics on March 19 and Australian National Championships in Sydney from March 31 to April 3.
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