Three-time SEA Games gold medalist Nauraj Singh Randhawa earned another feather in his cap as he now holds the national record for indoor high jump record. The earlier record was set in 1993 when Nauraj was probably yet into any kind of jumping.
The 27-year-old Johor athlete clinched it at the 21st Erdgas Indoor Athletics Championships in Chemnitz, Germany, on Sunday (10 Feb 2019).
He cleared 2.19 metres to finish second at the meet, smashing the earlier record of 2.15m jointly held by Lou Cwee Peng and Lee Hup Wei.
Cwee Peng set the previous record at the 1993 World Championships in Toronto, Canada, before Hup Wei equalled it twice in 2012 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and in Vienna, Austria, reports Bernama.
In April 2016, Nauraj had shattered the national record when he cleared 2.29 metres to win the gold at the Singapore Open. In doing so, he matched the Olympic qualifying standard and broke the national record of 2.27m held by Lee Hup Wei.
High jumper Nauraj, squash player Sanjay Singh wins gold for Malaysia at SEA Games (Asia Samachar, 26 Aug 2017)