MIDDLE distance runner K. Prabudass has qualified for two Sea Games events so far, and he will be aiming for a third at this weekend’s Malaysia Open Athletics Championships in Bukit Jalil.
The Seremban-born made the cut for the marathon and the 1,500m events after clocking 2:26:39s (marathon) in Valencia last year, and 3:55.59 (1,500m) for the gold medal at last week’s Perak All-Comers event.
The qualifying marks for the Vietnam Sea Games (May 12-23) are 2:33:08 (marathon) and 4:08.90 (1,500m).
But he now faces an uphill battle to meet the qualification time of 14:34.73 in the 5,000m as he only has a week to prepare for the competition.
“It is tough for athletes to qualify for the Sea Games as there are not many competitions due to Covid-19,” said Prabudass.
“Honestly, I am surprised that I made the Sea Games cut for the 1,500m event as it was my first race since 2019.
“It will be tricky, but I am determined to qualify for my third Sea Games event. The Vietnam Sea Games will be my third outing.”
He had clocked 14:57.43 for the silver at the Kuala Lumpur edition.
From the All-Comers meet, silver medallist Ahmad Lut Hamizan (4:01.90) and M. Sanjay (4:03.96) also made the Sea Games cut for the 1,500m event.
Sprinter Arsyad Md Saat did so in the 100m by clocking 10.48s at the same meet.