PETALING JAYA: National 110m hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (pic) has received a German boost ahead of the Vietnam SEA Games from May 12-23.
Rayzam revealed that his coach Jan May has returned to Malaysia on Saturday to train him before the Games.
And the presence of the German has now fired up the 34-year-old Rayzam to bow out from his last Games with a golden finish.
“It’s good to have him back because whenever I’m with him, I feel mentally strong and psyched up,” said Rayzam, who has undergone training with May since 2011.
“He knows how to motivate athletes and he does it well, and his training method will surely help increase my chances of doing well in Hanoi.
“I’m not young any more, so I have to ensure that my training focuses on quality instead of quantity. May will be able to guide me in this area.”
Hanoi will be Rayzam’s seventh SEA Games and the final one.
The Sabahan did say that he would retire from the sport after the Games and focus on coaching.
He’s eyeing a revenge in Hanoi after losing to the Philippines’ Clinton Kingsley Bautista in a photo finish that saw both clocking 13.97s at the last Games in Manila in 2019.
He was also a silver medallist at the editions in 2011 Jakarta, 2013 Naypyidaw and 2015 Singapore. He has won gold twice, in his debut at the 2007 Korat Games and 10 years later at the Kuala Lumpur Games.
Rayzam said the Hanoi edition would have many youngsters from nations like Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand but he would not be intimidated.
“I’ve the experience. I’m sure these youngsters will be giving their best, but it will be my final outing, so I will go all out,” said Rayzam.
“I’ve been preparing for my final stint since last year and it’s time to let the young hurdlers take over.
“I’m glad that many youngsters are coming up, and we will see them in future SEA Games.
“I’m coaching some of them. I will not compete after May, but I will keep pushing the young ones to keep our flag flying high,” he added.