Coach Manshahar Abdul Jalil feels that the five-gold medal target set for the national athletics team at next month’s Hanoi Sea Games is achievable.
Malaysian Athletics Federation president Datuk S.M Muthu had announced the five gold, seven silver and seven bronze target last month.
At the last Sea Games two years ago, Malaysia won five gold, nine silver and seven bronze in track and field to place fourth overall.
Manshahar expressed confidence in his athletes after evaluating their current form.
“With our lineup of 36 athletes, 18 in category A and 18 in category B, I believe that is a realistic target,” said Manshahar yesterday.
“It’s a reasonable goal and we could even surpass that if things go our way.”
Manshahar said 13 national athletes will compete in the Singapore Open on April 17-19 as part of their preparations for the Sea Games.
“These (13) athletes need competitions to sharpen up ahead of the games.
“This will be their final competition before Vietnam,” said Manshahar.
“A number of other athletes are currently abroad.
“Jackie Wong and Grace Wong (both hammer throw) are currently in Korea for training while Russel Alexander Nasir Taib is based in Melbourne and will join us in Vietnam.”
Hosts Vietnam, who emerged overall champions in athletics with a 16-12-10 haul in 2019, are again expected to be among the frontrunners next month.
Source: ‘Five gold is achievable’