>> November 15, 2011
After victories in 2007 and 2009 SEA Games, it seems to be no chance for Lee Hup Wei to repeat and add another gold to his collection. He suffered a severe injury and had to undergo a surgery earlier this year which resulted a long-rest from competition. He has no mark at all during the entire season. However, the authority has made a fine decision to send him in Germany during September-October for training stint and to get better ambient to return the motivation and focus on his preparation. He was selected for SEA Games whilst no others knowing where was he at, except himself or perhaps his coach.
|Lee Hup Wei cleared 2.15 to win gold medal at SEA Games Palembang (photo by AP)|
With status of 2007 Asian champion, Lee Hup Wei delivered a gold medal (3rd gold for Malaysia in 2011 SEAG) after clearing a bar of 2.15m, his three consecutive gold, thus proving he still the first choice in Southeast Asia. He defeated Thailand's Pramote Poom-Urai in silver medal position (2.12m). Vietnam's Nguyen Duy Bang was given the bronze despite of had the same performance (2.08m) with a countryman Dao Van Thuy and another Malaysian Najwan Aqra.
Lee Hup Wei achieved his lifetime best jump of 2.27m in 2008 China open in Beijing which has earned him a place for the Olympic Games. He achieved the height in two meetings (Chennai & Naimette) during the 2010 season.