High jumper Nauraj bags first European title ahead of World Athletics Championships – NST



High jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa becomes second Sikh to win a gold medal at SEA Games in Singapore.

Malaysian high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa warmed up for an appearance at the World Athletics Championships in London by winning his first European title in Barcelona on Thursday (29 June 2017).

Nauraj cleared 2.21 metres at the Catalunya International meeting in the first of four competitions before the world meet begins on Aug 4, Devinder Singh reports the New Straits Times.

Having won at the Canberra Grand Prix and the Singapore Open, Nauraj finished ahead of training mate Brandon Starc of Australia, who cleared 2.15m for his third title of the year.

“Happy with a win at the Barcelona International Athletics Meeting but surely am not satisfied with a 2.21m jump,” Nauraj, 25, posted on Twitter.

Nauraj, who also finished fourth at the IAAF World Challenge meet in Kawasaki, Japan in May, set a new national record of 2.30m in Singapore which also secured his ticket to London.

Nauraj, who also had a pair of runner-up finishes at the Australian Championships and in Shizuoka this year, will next jump at a meet in Castellon, Spain on Tuesday before moving on to Germany for two more events.

He will return from London to seek a hat-trick of gold medals at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games on Aug 19-30.