Malaysia’s Nauraj Singh Randhawa and Lee Hup Wei clinched both the gold and silver medals at the SEA Games men’s high jump on Saturday.
At 193 cm, it’s little surprise that Nauraj Singh Randhawa is taking the high jump arena by storm.
Back in April, Nauraj set a new national record for high jump at the 2017 Singapore Open. After recording his personal best at 2.29 m in 2016, he took it up a notch to set the new record at 2.30 m at the 2017 Singapore Open.
Just over a week ago, the 25-year-old made national headlines again as won his his first European title in Barcelona. Nauraj bagged gold after clearing 2.21 m at the Barcelona International Athletics Championships.
— Nauraj Randhawa (@Navraj40) June 29, 2017
His victory at Barcelona sent Australia’s Brandon Starc to second place (2.15m) and Spain’s Miguel Angel Sancho Rubio to third place (2.11m). A few days later, he clinched his second European gold medal by clearing 2.21m to win the Memorial Cansino meet in Castellon.
Having said that, it is not fair to credit all his success and glory to his towering height, it is a combination of years of hard work, resilience, determination, and the will to make it.
However, starting out at the age of 9, Nauraj was more interested in sports like football, sepak takraw, running, and gymnastics.
It was his school PE (Physical Exercise) teacher who saw massive potential in that young boy and convinced him to switch to high jump instead. The rest, as they say, is history.
Despite his hectic schedule, Nauraj took time to speak to FourthOfficial.com to discuss his plans for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, his knack for breaking records, and how he keeps everything in balance.
FO: First of all, Nauraj, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Nauraj: I’m a person with principals which I inherit a lot off my dad growing up (not as great as my dad but i do follow most of them). And I can be very superstitious about particular things, somethings just simply don’t change. haha. I have believes and I believe in God.
FO: How or when did you realise you had the knack for high jumps? Were you very active as a child?
Nauraj: High jumping goes back to primary school. At that time, I was 9 and I was more interested in sports like football and speak takraw and running and some form of gymnastics. But then after the age of 9, other students begin running faster than me. It was then that my PE teacher, En Syed Isa, convinced me to become a high jumper as I was obviously taller than all the other 9 year olds. That’s when high jump started.
FO: When did you decide pursue it professionally? Who was your biggest motivator?
Nauraj: I made my first MSSM (Malaysian Schools Sports Council) debut at the age of 15 and managed to win a bronze medal there. I also won a bronze the following year. At the MSSM, national junior coach from Uzbek, Alim Ahmedjanov potential in me and made necessary arrangements for me to gain a place in BJSS. So in August 2008, (I was 16 at this time) I took up an offer to move to Bukit Jalil and pursue my athletic career there, since things were not going well for me back in JB anyway. My parents, particularly my dad, had been my motivation.
FO: How did you balance all your training with your studies and social life?
Nauraj: It is definitely difficult to find the balance between studies and social life when you’re being trained as an athlete, especially when you’re trying to be a professional one. You can’t always have it all. There’s always going to be a time where you need to set priorities straight and do what’s best for that time. The circle of friends I have is only a handful, and they are mostly sports related people. As years went by, that circle became smaller. But being in sports gives me an opportunity to meet new and interesting people all around. As for now, I’m putting my studies on hold. I don’t want to put myself in a position where I would one day regret that I should have prioritised my sports more during the pinnacle years of my career.
FO: You also have knack for breaking records. Do you carefully plan it, or do you just give it your best and see what happens?
Nauraj: Personally to me a record is never owned. Its just a delusional mark which states a performance that others have yet to reach. Records don’t matter to me. What matters to me is progression. Progression which I make from year to year and that I’m constantly finding way and methods to simply be better than I was yesterday.
FO: Your current personal best is at 2.30m, which you set in Singapore. Do you intend to break that record in the 2017 SEA Games?
Nauraj: Yes I do intend to break that mark, but I dont know when or where is that going to be. I can’t focus on the outcome of a competition but what I can do is focus on the process that’s going to bring that outcome. I’m going to do my part right and find consistency and put in the work and effort. If i do these things well enough, the numbers will follow.
FO: How are you preparing for the SEA Games; are you training in Malaysia or outside?
Nauraj: Preparations are going as planned. My coach Alex Stewart has put in a plan for me for the entire season from last october and we are just following it. This year is a year filled with travelling and prior to 2017 KL SEA Games. I’ll make my first ever World Championships debut in London this August, and that’s the highlight of my season.
FO: Do you think you’ll get gold in the high jump events like you did in 2013 and 2015?
Nauraj: I believe there’s not a competitor in this world who walks into a competition without having eyes on the price. Everyone wants to win. High jump is very technical and it’s actually an event where anything can happen on the day. So it’s going to be a battle – may the best man win! But I can tell you this, Malaysia is going to be strong in high jump.
FO: Vanity test: Who is better? Navraj or Lee Hup Wei?
Nauraj: Well, we’re both good! Hup Wei has been my senior and idol since I joined BJSS in 2008. He’s taught me a lot throughout my career and he’s got heaps of experience.
FO: Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
Nauraj: Usain bolt. He’s a legend. Winning is easy, the tough part is keeping the momentum going. I’ve researched a lot about him, and learned what happens behind the scenes. We all see him as a champion but there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes, and I respect him for that.
Malaysia’s high jump hero has done it again!
Nauraj Singh Randhawa got just the confidence boost he needed ahead of the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games as he sets a new national record for high jump at the Singapore Open.
This was confirmed by Team ISN on Twitter, congratulating the young lad for his stunning feat.
Nauraj Singh, 25, is a consistent national gold medalist – he picked up gold at the SEA Games in 2013 and 2015.
In 2016, he recorded his personal best at 2.29 m in Singapore. Today, he has taken it up a notch to set the new record at 2.30 m, also in Singapore.
Watch his incredible, record breaking jump here:
— #TeamISN (@isnmalaysia) April 27, 2017
Earlier this year, Nauraj Singh won the men’s high jump event at the Summer of Aths Championships in Canberra, Australia. Nauraj Singh emerged overall champion after clearing 2.25 metres in the event.
The 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games will be happening from the 19th of August until 31st of August.
Satu lagi rekod kebangsaan dipecahkan!
Nampaknya tahun ini sememangnya ramai atlet kebangsaan yang mahu mencipta nama dan memecahkan rekod kebangsaan.
Yap Sean Yee pecah rekod
Satu lagi rekod kebangsaan dipecahkan apabila Ratu lompat tinggi negara, Yap Sean Yee berjaya memecahkan rekod kebangsaan yang diciptanya sebelum ini.
Di Kompleks Sukan Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), Setiawangsa, Sean Yee mencatat lompatan dengan ketinggian 1.81 meter sekaligus memecahkan rekod lompatan lamanya 1.79 meter.
— Man SEAGames™ (@ManOlimpik) March 19, 2017
Sean Yee yang mewakili Kuala Lumpur melakukan lompatan tersebut dalam Kejohana Lompatan, Balingan dan Jarak Sederhana Persatuan Olahraga Wilayah Persekutuan pada hari Ahad dan menewaskan dua pesaingnya Shahira Sazali dan M. Nanthini yang mewakili Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil (SSBJ).
Lepas had kelayakan
Lompatan tersebut membolehkan Sean Yee melepasi had kelayakan yang ditetapkan untuk menyertai Sukan SEA 2017 di Kuala Lumpur.
Perkara ini dinyatakan oleh ketua jurulatih olahraga kebangsaan, Zainal Abas dalam kenyataannya seperti yang dilaporkan Utusan Malaysia.
““Catatan 1.81m adalah bagi tempat ketiga dalam Sukan SEA 2015 dan dia kini berjaya melepasi kelayakan yang ditetapkan.
“Keputusan rasmi telah dikeluarkan dan dia kini telah berjaya memperbaharui rekod kebangsaan lompat tinggi wanita,”
Walaupun telah memecahkan rekod kebangsaan dan melepasi had kelayakan Sukan SEA, Sean Yee tetap mahu mencuba lompatan lebih tinggi dalam kejohanan tersebut apabila mencuba ketinggian 1.82 meter di lompatan ketiganya, namun gagal.
Sean Yee yang merupakan atlet pelapis menyatakan bahawa dia sememangnya mensasarkan untuk memecahkan rekod kebangsaan miliknya sekitar bulan Mac atau April tahun ini serta melayakkan diri ke Sukan SEA 2017.
Ketinggian lompatan yang dilakukan oleh Sean Yee itu menyamai ketinggian pemenang pingat gangsa Sukan SEA 2015 Singapura iaitu Michelle Sng Suat Li.
Melihat kepada keazaman Sean Yee, dia semestinya tidak akan berpuas hati dengan sekadar memenangi pingat gangsa. Beraksi di laman sendiri, pastinya dia mahu merangkul pingat emas di hadapan penyokong sendiri.
Sean Yee masih mempunyai satu lagi kejohanan besar iaitu Sukan Perpaduan Islam di Baku, Azerbaijan sebelum Sukan SEA Kuala Lumpur. Jangan terkejut jika dia sekali lagi memecahkan rekod kebangsaan dalam kejohanan tersebut.
Malaysia’s high jumper Nauraj Singh is off to a great start this year as he won the men’s high jump event at the Summer of Aths Championships in Canberra, Australia.
Nauraj Singh emerged overall champion after clearing 2.25 metres in the event. Australia’s Nik Bojic finished close behind him at 2.19 metres, followed by Malaysia’s Lee Hup Wei who finished third after clearing 2.16.
“Canberra is still a good hunting ground for me. Love it here, the crowd and the track.” Nauraj told the media.
— Atlet Malaysia (@AtletMalaysia) March 12, 2017
The 25-year-old’s next mission is of course, acing the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. Nauraj is no stranger to the biennial event, he has won gold in two SEA Games, in 2013 and 2015. But before that, he will be participating in two more athletic events in Australia.
In 2016, he registered his personal best at 2.29 m in Kallang, Singapore, which is also a national record that he holds.
Look out for Nauraj Singh at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games from which will be happening between the 19th and 31st of August.
National paralympic hero and Olympic gold medalist Abdul Latif Romly is determined to remain in the world’s top 10 as he targets more world championships.
“I want to at least be at number 8.” Latif told Kosmo. “I can’t wait to get back to training and work my way towards the world championships.”
Abdul Latif broke the world record at Rio three times during his five attempts at the Men’s Long Jump T20 event. He bagged gold for the event, and who can ever forget that moment?
Ever since the 19-year old returned to Malaysia after the Rio Olympics, he has been preoccupied with events and commemorations and has not really had the time to get back to practice. Abdul Latif will be representing Malaysia at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix next year in February.
His current mission is to meliorate his ranking so he can qualify for the IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London later next year. He also wants to maintain his world-class record of 7.6 meters, and possibly break it in the future.
“I want to break records, and I want to do it at mega events like the SEA Games or world championships. As of now, I’m still focused on recovering from my knee injury and getting back to training.”
At only 19, we’re stoked to see what else this exceptional young man is capable of achieving for Malaysia!
Atlet lompat tinggi negara Nauraj Singh Randhawa hampir mencipta sejarah bagi Malaysia dalam acara olahraga di Sukan Olimpik.
Dalam pusingan kelayakan yang berlangsung di Stadium Olimpik pada hari Ahad, dia terlepas untuk layak ke acara akhir selepas melakukan dua kali cubaan untuk melepas ketinggian 2.26m.
Jika Nauraj berjaya melepasi ketinggian itu dalam percubaan pertama, dia akan menjadi atlet Malaysia pertama layak ke peringkat akhir acara olahraga Olimpik.
Nauraj turut gagal mengatasi rekod kebangsaan yang diciptanya iaitu 2.29m, yang dicipta olehnya pada bulan April di Terbuka Singapura.
“Saya gementar kerana ini penampilan pertama saya di Olimpik…dan saya juga peserta pertama dalam peringkat kelayakan,” kata atlet berusia 24 tahun itu yang berlatih di bawah tunjuk ajar jurulatih dari Australia Alex Stewart.
“Saya gembira dengan Olimpik pertama saya kerana ia menunjukkan saya boleh bersaing dengan atlet yang hebat,” tambah Nauraj.
Atlet lompat tinggi negara, Lee Hup Wei berharap dapat melayakkan diri ke Sukan Olimpik keduanya menjelang Kejohanan Memorial Kosanov XXVI di Almaty, Kazakhstan hujung minggu ini.
Kecederaan belakang yang dialami memaksa beliau terlepas dua temasya Sukan SEA – Myanmar pada 2013 dan Singapura tahun lalu.
Kini, atlet berusia 29 tahun itu telah disahkan cergas, dan bercadang untuk menjadi atlet lompat tinggi kedua yang layak ke Sukan Olimpik di Rio de Janeiro Ogos ini.
Pemenang dua kali pingat emas Sukan SEA Nauraj Singh Randhawa telah layak ke Olimpik Rio selepas memecahkan rekod kebangsaan apabila melepasi ketinggian 2.29m ketika memenangi pingat emas di Terbuka Singapura April lalu.
Untuk layak ke Olimpik di Rio de Janeiro Ogos ini, peserta perlu melepasi ketinggian 2.29m.
Hup Wei, yang telah menunjukkan peningkatan sejak berlatih di bawah jurulatih baru Aleksandr Gasparyan pada bulan Februari, telah menunjukkan prestasi baik dengan memenangi pingat emas dalam Kejohanan Olahraga Terbuka Filipina pada bulan April dengan melepasi ketinggian 2.22m.
“Saya ada dua pertandingan lagi – Terbuka Kazakshtan dan Terbuka Thailand ( 4-7 Julai) – untuk layak ke Olimpik.
“Jika Nauraj boleh lakukannya….saya percaya saya juga boleh,” jelas Hup Wei yang pernah memenangi pingat emas di Kejohanan Trek dan Padang Asia (ATF) di Amman, Jordan pada 2007.
Hup Wei merupakan salah seorang dari 17 atlet – Sembilan lelaki dan lapan wanita – yang akan beraksi di Almaty.
Peserta lelaki yang lain adalah Jonathan Nyepa (100m), Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi (100m) , Asnawi Hashim (100m), Muhd Azam Masri (400m), Asif Rahman Jiyaudeen (800m), Putra Azrul Syazwan Azman (800m) Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (110m berpagar) dan Muhd Hakim Ismail (lompat kijang).
Atlet wanita pula adalah Siti Fatima Mohamad, S.Komalam Shally, Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli, Noor Eewan Syafiqah Mohd Sabri (100m, 4x100m; Nurul Faizah Asma Mazlan (400m, 4x100m); Savinder Kaur (800m); Yap Jeng Tzan (lontar cakera); dan Yap Sean Yee (lompat tinggi)
National high jump athlete Nauraj Singh became the newest Malaysian athlete to book his spot for the upcoming Rio Olympics, after winning the Singapore Open gold medal earlier today.
Nauraj cleared a height of 2.29 metres, which was enough for him to book a Rio slot. Better still, it was also 0.02 metres higher than the previous national record set by Lee Hup Wei.
His new national record was also 0.04 metres higher than his previous personal best of 2.25 metres.
His win in Singapore makes him the 13th Malaysian athlete to seal a Rio spot, following in the footsteps of athletes like Pandelela Rinong as well as Azizulhaswi Awang.
This also makes him the first Malaysian athlete to qualify for the Olympics on merit, since the trio of Lee Hup Wei, Rosalinda Samsu and Yuan Yufang accomplished it in 2008.