Athletes Cite Worsening Air Condition For Poor Results

The Air Pollutant Index (API) reading at Bukit Jalil was 111 at 11am yesterday.  “My coach told me not to compete but I didn’t listen to him because I wanted to qualify for the Myanmar SEA Games,” said Rayzam.  “I should have listened to him. The haze affected my performance.

“I also had difficulty breathing after the event. I was also feeling jet-lagged as I only returned from a training stint in Germany last Wed­nesday,” added Rayzam, who won the gold medal in the 110m hurdles in the 2007 Korat SEA Games.  Nauraj Singh, who won the men’s high jump after clearing 2.15m, was another athlete whose performance was affected by the haze.

“I had to use a face mask during the warm-up and my eyes were smarting due to the haze.  “I could have done better if not for the haze,” said Nauraj, who achieved a personal best of 2.16m in the Malaysian Grand Prix at the same venue to qualify for the SEA Games.

The 21-year-old Nauraj, of Johor, said that although he had qualified for the SEA Games, his mission this year was to further improve on his personal best, which he hopes to do at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, next month.

  National sprinter Komalam Shally, who was pipped to the gold in the women’s 100m on Friday, won the 200m in 25.51 yesterday, blaming the haze for her poor time.  Her time was almost a second slower than her personal best of 24.55.  Komalam, who lost to Zaidatul Husnia Zulkifli in the 100m final, said that she was not too concerned with her time in the 200m as “it is not my pet event”.

“I didn’t really prepare for the 200m as my favourite is the 100m,” said Komalam.  “The haze is bad today (yesterday). The conditions were not good to compete.”  Meanwhile, S. Kannathasan, who has qualified for the Myanmar SEA Games in the 400m, clocked 21.67 to win the men’s 200m gold.

Kannathasan, who will feature in the World University Games, however, failed to qualify for the SEA Games in the 200m as the qualifying mark is 21.05.

*Sumber dari The Star


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