Noraseela Back In Training

"I've just started jogging, no hurdles. I can't jump yet so we'll see how it goes," said Noraseela when met at the Nestle Healthy Kids Global Programme at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

"I don't want to rush it and return too soon. That will delay my recovery. Better to be slow and steady than to be sorry later."

Noraseela's long injury lay-off has not dimmed her competitive spirit but the three-time Sea Games gold medallist was non-committal when asked of the chances of defending her title in Myanmar.

"I want to compete, you know how competitive I am, that is for sure. But there are big risks in the hurdles and I don't want to take chances," said Noraseela, who has not put a timeframe for a comeback to competitive action.

"But with where I am now, I'm not going to compete if I know my condition is not good."

No thoughts of retirement has yet crossed Noraseela's mind though a lot will depend on her progress from this career setback, one of several she has dealt with including hamstring injuries in previous years.

"All athletes come down with injuries at some point in their careers and it's just about how you deal with it," said Noraseela.

"For one thing, it will depend on my health.

"If I'm healthy and still have the passion, then yes. If I don't have the passion, then I won't do it anymore. But hurdling still excites me."

Noraseela is one of five gold medallists from the 2011 Sea Games in Palembang and her absence would put the Malaysian Athletics Federation under pressure to achieve its seven-gold target.

The best 400m hurdles time by a Southeast Asian athlete this year is Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Huyen's 58.87 seconds, a mark that is within Noraseela's reach if she can recover her form in time. By Devinder Singh

Sumber Dari New Straits Times

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