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Malaysian Indian high-jumper sets national record to qualify for Rio Olympics

Malaysian high-jump specialist Nauraj Singh Randhawa

Malaysia, May 5 (UITV)- Malaysian high-jump specialist Nauraj Singh Randhawa, of Indian origin has set a new national record with his 2.29 meter effort and has qualified to represent his country at the Rio Olympics while also breaking the national record of 2.27m held by Lee Hup Wei.

Nauraj also improved on his personal best of 2.25 meters which he set at Canberra Track Classic in February, where he narrowly failed to the 2.29m height required for Olympic qualification.

“I’m overwhelmed and happy, it’s a dream come true for any athlete to be able to qualify based on merit,” said Nauraj, who is the first track and field athlete from his country from his country since 2008 to direct qualify for the Olympics.

This win at the National Stadium at Kallang was Nauraj’s fourth in international competition this year, adding to his three wins earlier on the Australian Athletics Tour.

Nauraj becomes the first national track and field athlete to earn an Olympic berth for Rio and joins 12 other athletes in heading to Brazil in August.

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