Wednesday, November 2, 2011

MAAU set six-gold target – with one from supermum

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Athletic Amateur Union (MAAU) have set a six-gold target for the Indonesia SEA Games which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang from Nov 11-22.
One of the gold medals is expected to come from the evergreen Yuan Yufang (pic), who will be making a comeback in the 20km walk.

Yufang skipped the 2009 Laos Games because she was pregnant and subsequently ventured into coaching.
The 35-year-old China-born Yufang dominated the 20km walk in her debut in the 1999 Brunei Games – winning gold in every following edition of the event until 2007.

“Yufang returned to training a few months ago and is now fit and ready for the Games. Her return will greatly increase our chances of achieving the six-gold target,” said team manager Rajemah Sheikh Ahmad.
“We will also be looking at Noraseela Mohd Khalid, Roslinda Samsu, Tan Song Hwa and the two men walkers – Teoh Boon Lim and Lo Choon Sieng – to deliver the other gold medals.”

Noraseela has been competing in the women’s 400m hurdles for the past decade while Roslinda (pole vault) and Song Hwa (hammer) were gold medallists at the 2009 Games.

High jumper Lee Hup Wei is also a contender for gold but, having just come back from surgery, he could be hard pressed to repeat his Laos gold-medal feat.


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