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Athletics Head Coach: Ten athletics gold medals for Malaysia at SEA Games Cambodia within reach

Malaysia’s athletics head coach Manshahar Abdul Jalil said the goal of 10 gold medals in athletics at the 2023 SEA Games in Cambodia has been embraced as a realistic challenge. — Photo via Twitter/Bernama

Sunday, June 26, 2022 7:11 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 — The audacious and tempting goal of 10 gold medals in athletics at the 2023 SEA Games in Cambodia was seen as a realistic challenge, said national athletics head coach Manshahar Abdul Jalil.

He said he is within reach of the national track and field team.

Manshahar said the coaching staff, who had been informed of the goal in advance and held discussions, would work hard to achieve the ambition.

“I think it’s not a negative, we (coaches) accept it as a positive so we can move on and work hard to be better prepared with more systematic planning no matter what,” he said. said today contacted by Bernama. .

Based on the initial planning, Manshahar said five or six gold medals were targeted in the field events, while track athletes could potentially win four to five gold medals.

He said the coaching staff had identified a list of athletes who could form the backbone of the gold hunt in Cambodia as well as those who could create surprises based on the latest records.

Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) President Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim yesterday set a target of 10 gold medals for the national athletics team at the 2023 SEA Games which are set to take place in the middle of the next year, according to local media.

Shahidan, who is also Minister of Federal Lands, is confident that the target can be achieved based on the potential of the country’s athletes at the moment.

For the record, eight gold medals have been the best harvest for the national athletics team in the last 10 SEA Games, particularly in 2003, 2005 and 2017, while in the last two editions of 2019 and 2022, five medals gold were brought home.

The five gold medals won by the national athletics team at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam last month came from men’s hammer thrower Jackie Wong, Andre Anura Anuar (men’s triple jump), Muhammad Irfan Shamsuddin (men’s discus), Grace Wong (women’s hammer) and Nor Sarah Adi in the women’s pole vault.

Meanwhile, Manshahar said hosting the 20th Malaysian (Sukma) Games in Kuala Lumpur in September was important in the run-up as a prelude to Cambodia’s 10-gold mission.

“At Sukma, as we identify the best teenage athletes who can be absorbed into the athletics contingent, I think the combination of senior and junior athletes will be crucial,” he said. — Bernama