Malaysia Athletics in Asian Games, Guangzhou 2010

>> November 29, 2010

Malaysia athletics team have ended the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou without any medal. Following an analysis of Malaysia Athletics' performances in the Asiad.

Lee Hup Wei (Men's High Jump, PB 2.27m)

Lee Hup Wei (PB 2.27, Asiad 2.15)
Hup Wei set a 2.27m (NR) in 2008 which enabled him to compete at the Beijing Olympics. He repeated the NR mark twice this year and won a hattrick at the 2010 Asian Athletics Grand Prix in India. He was the hope of bringing home the gold medal from the 2010 Asiad. However, he could only manage to place 5th with an upset mark of 2.15m.

"A great dissapointment, Hup Wei should have completed the last 2 jumps at 2.19m and not go for 2.23m, three athletes shared the bronze at 2.19m, he leapt 2.27m twice this year", said Roger Loong, a long-time athletics observer and statistician.

Noraseela Khalid (Women's 400m Hurdles, PB 56.02s)

Despite failing to retain the bronze medal she won in Doha 2006, she improved her season best of 58.23s twice in Guangzhou. At the semifinals, she clocked a SB  time of 58.16s to place third, then once again lowered the SB to 57.22s at the final where she placed fifth.

Roslinda Samsu (Women's Pole Vault, PB 4.40m)

Based on her PB of 4.40m, she could have won a medal. She became the Asian Champion in 2007, and leapt a 4.15m this year. However a 4.00 metres effort in Guangzhou hinders her to be one of the podium winners, thus failed to match her silver medal feat in Doha 2006.

Despite of the failure, i believe she will defends her SEA Games gold medal easily at Jakarta in June 2011.

Nurul Sarah A. Kadir (Women's 100m, PB 11.83s)

She won triple gold medals (100m, 200m & 4x100m) at Malaysian Games this year. After setting a PB of 11.83s during the 2009 SEA Games, she has been consistent to run sub-12s this year.

In Guangzhou, she did 11.99s in the first round and advanced in the semifinals where she clocked a season best mark of 11.91s.

Zubaidah Adabi (Women's 100m, PB 11.81s)

A former long jumper, but switched to 100m sprint this year at age of 24. But long jump and sprinting are related. Carl Lewis, a former WR holder in the 100m has won the long jump 4 times at the Olympics. Dwight Phillips reduced his 100m time to jump further.

It does to Zubaidah. She was the best long jumper in the country for at least four years and she timed 11.81s this year, which is the fastest time by any Malaysian since 2008. She was selected for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi but withdrew due to an ankle injury. In Guangzhou, she did 12.01s in the first rounds, then 11.93s in the semifinals.

4x100m Relay (Yi Yee Ling, Norjannah Hafiszah, Nurul Sarah & Zubaidah)

Norjannah, Zubaidah, Sarah, Yee Ling
This quartet has broken the 21-year-old national record (45.37s) with a time of 45.33s in Zgorzelec, Poland this year. All of members have running below 12s in many times for the past 2 years.

First leg, Yi Yee Ling clocked a PB time of 11.95s during the Asian Athletics GP in India. Norjannah, the back stretch runner who has a PB of 11.82s registered a 11.99s this year. Second curve runner, Nurul Zarah ran her SB in Guangzhou in 11.91s (PB 11.83s), while Zubaidah who anchored the quartet has the fastest time in Malaysia this year in 11.81s.

In Guangzhou, they only managed to finish in sixth position in the final with a time of 45.54s.

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