Defending Champion Hup Wei Expected To Be Left Out Of Myanmar Sea Games Squad

"If based on merit he has qualified but based on today's performance he does not qualify. However, any athlete whom we feel has the potential to contribute a medal, will be included in the list," he said on the sidelines of the championships that ended, here, today.

In the championships which ended today, Malaysia won 13 gold, 19 silver and 19 bronze medals, ahead of Thailand who finished with seven gold, two silver and five bronze medals while Japan were third with four gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

Zainal Abidin was also concerned with the drop in the standard of athletics in the country since he had expected a number of athletes to equal or renew their personal best or smash the national record in their respective events, before heading to Myanmar.

"We will have a selection committee meeting tonight and probably announce the list of athletes for the SEA Games by tomorrow. Our target in Myanmar is seven gold medals," he said.

In today's action, Hup Wei who managed only a fourth place with a jump of 2.10m, apologized to the local fans for not qualifying for the SEA Games.

Meanwhile, 400m hurdler Noraseela Mohd Khalid said she was confident of delivering the gold medal in the women's 400m hurdles if given a chance to compete in the Myanmar SEA Games.

Noraseela, 34, who is still recovering from a heel injury said she would be able to perform better if she was allowed to continue training under coach Hennie Kriel from South Africa.

The hurdler who finished in fifth place today with a time of 61.54s, way off her personal best time of 56.02s, said she hoped to leave to South Africa and continue her training.


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