Women’s discus thrower, Yap Jeng Tzan has to make a sacrifice to represent the country at the 29th SEA Games starting from Aug 19 to 30 by delaying an operation on her knee.
The 30-year-old athlete from Negri Sembilan has been facing repeated injuries on her left knee and had to forgo her fourth appearance at the biennial meet if she were to under the operation this year.
Yap who heaved 46.95m for the silver medal at Singapore SEA Games two years ago, does not want to retire soon due to her love for the sports and would continue to represent the country until a successor is found.
“I had two operations earlier and I still feel the pain on my knee. For the time being, I am still undergoing physiotherapy and treatment with a specialist at the National Sports Institute (ISN).
“I have also obtained the greenlight from coach Frantisek Petrovic to change my training to reduce the risk of injuring my knee further,” she told a media conference with the athletics squad at the National Sports Council here today.
Jeng Tzan who first represented the country in the 2007 Games in Thailand, followed by Indonesia (2011) and Singapore (2015) admitted she would be receiving strong challenge from the defending champion, Sebenrat Insaeng of Thailand who set a Games record with a 59.56m throw apart from participating in the Rio Olympic Games last year.
“I want to win the gold medal for the country but the reality is Subenrat is far ahead. Whatever it is, it will depend on the performance on that day,” she said.
Meanwhile, national athletics chief coach Zainal Abas is confident Malaysia’s first gold in athletics would be delivered by men’s discus thrower, Muhammad Irfan Samsuddin on the first day of athletics events on Aug 22.
“Muhammad Irfan had broken the national record three times (61.10m, 61.56m and 62.25m) this year,” he said. — Bernama