Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Don’t count on me for fourth gold, says ill-prepared Roslinda

PETALING JAYA: With three consecutive gold medal performances in the SEA Games, the smart money is on pole vaulter Roslinda Samsu to bag her fourth in Palembang.

But the 29-year-old Kedahan, who is pursuing a degree in physical education, has warned against putting too much hope on her this time around.

Diversion: Roslinda Samsu took a break for three months to focus on her studies.
Roslinda, who smashed the Games record with a 4.15m leap in Laos two years ago, said things had been different for her leading up to the Games.

“I took a break from training and competing for a solid three months from May-July to focus on my studies.
“Competition wise, I only competed in two local meets along with the international in Taiwan in March. It will be asking too much to say I will win the gold medal again for certain,” said Roslinda, whose season best is a disappointing 3.90m.

She cleared the height in winning the gold medal in the Federal Territory Open at Bukit Jalil last month. The other competition was the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) Open in September.

However, Roslinda remains quietly optimistic that a fourth SEA Games gold is a possibility.
“Most of the athletes competing in the event have an average clearance of 4m,” said Roslinda, whose personal best is 4.40m.

“It will all go down to the competition day and how one handles the conditions,” she said.


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