High jumper Nauraj just misses out – NST

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Malaysia | 15 Aug 2016 | Asia Samachar |
High jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa becomes second Sikh to win a gold medal at SEA Games in Singapore.
High jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa becomes second Sikh to win a gold medal at SEA Games in Singapore.

Malaysian high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa’s aim to qualify for the Rio Olympics men’s event went unrealised at the Olympic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro on Sunday.

It was a narrow miss as had Nauraj cleared 2.26m in his first attempt, he would have qualified automatically for the final. The initial qualifying height had been set at 2.31m but it was lowered as the field struggled to meet the lower marks, reports New Straits Times.

Nauraj cleared 2.26m in his second attempt but only those who cleared in their first advanced automatically when the mark was lowered. Nauraj then had to clear 2.29m – which is his personal best – but failed in all three attempts.

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“I really wanted to make the final but just missed out. Had I cleared 2.26m in the first attempt, I would have advanced.

“Still, I am very happy with how I performed as 2.26 is the highest I have jumped other than my personal best,” the Malaysian newspaper quoted Nauraj. The top 15 advanced with four of them advancing on the 2.26m height.

 

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