Monday, June 8, 2015

Contrasting debuts expected from Izzudin and Grace

Grace has a personal best of 55.82m in the hammer throw event.
Grace has a personal best of 55.82m in the hammer throw event.

SINGAPORE: Athletes Mohd Izzudin Yahaya and Grace Wong Xiu Mei will be making their debuts at the Singapore SEA Games in contrasting fashion.

School teacher Izzudin just recovered from flu three days ago and will have his work cut out in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m events.

Hammer thrower Grace, ranked No. 1 in the South-East Asia region with her personal best of 55.82m, is confident to nail the gold medal in the event.

Izzudin, who has a personal best of 10.48s in the 100m will open his campaign in same event on Tuesday.

"I just recovered from flu and I am only 70% ready for the Games," said Izzuddin.

"Despite not being 100% fit, I will still give my best”.

The other Malaysian sprinter to compete in the men's 100m event is Sarawak's Nixson Kennedy, who will also be making his debut in the Games. Nixson has a personal best of 10.50s.

15-year-old Grace, who finished fifth in the Asian Track and Field (ATF) championships in Wuhan last week with a season best of 53.10m will face a strong challenge from Thailand’s Panwat Gimsrang, who has a personal best of 54.96m.

“It is my first SEA Games and I want it to be memorable one,” said the soft spoken Grace.

The Star Online

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