Nauraj Singh Randhawa clinched his third consecutive gold in the men’s high jump event at the SEA Games today, emerging as the second Sikh to bag a gold medal at the Southeast Asia regional games.
On Thusday, Sanjay Singh, and his partner S. Sivasangari defeated fellow Malaysians in the finals of the men’s squash double.
Nauraj was given the honours to read the athlete’s pledge at the opening of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games (KL2017) on Aug 19.
Nauraj follows the footsteps of Baljit Singh Sidhu of Sabah who won the high jump gold medal in Sea Games 1977, being the first Sikh to do so in the event.
At the high jump duel today, Nauraj and teammate Lee Hup Wei both cleared 2.24m. However on count back Nauraj was awarded the gold and Hup Wei the silver, reports The Star.
The duo equalled the Sea Games record of 2.24m set by Malaysian Loo Kum Zee in the 1995 Chiangmai Sea Games. Nauraj went into the games as the two-time defending champion, having won in Myanmar in 2013 and Singapore in 2015.
Malaysian high jumper Nauraj Singh given honour to read Sea Games athlete’s pledge (Asia Samachar, 14 Aug 2017)
Lifting gold for Singapore (Asia Samachar, 10 July 2017)