Thursday, July 29, 2010

Vadivellan is fourth athlete to qualify for C’wealth Games

KUALA LUMPUR: Middle distance runner M. Vadivellan has clinched a place for this October’s New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

The 800m runner clocked a personal best of 1:50.36 in a competition in Cologne, Germany, last week to surpass the qualifying mark of 1:50.45, which is the sixth-placing time of the Melbourne Games in 2006.
Coach S. Muthiah said in an email yesterday that he was delighted with Vadivellan’s performance in not only clocking a personal best but also in finishing second in the event on Wednesday.
“The high-level training-cum-competition in Europe has paid off handsomely for Vadivellan,” said Muthiah, a former international.

Muthiah added that Vadivellan needed to take part in at least three more high-level competitions in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

Vadivellan: Beat the qualifying mark during a competition in Germany last week.
“Vadivellan is excited about making his debut in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi,” said Muthiah.
The 24-year-old Perak-born Vadivellan, who has been in Europe since last month for training and competitions, is the fourth athlete to have qualified for the New Delhi Games.

The others are high jumper Lee Hup Wei and walkers Teoh Boon Lim and Lo Choon Sieng (20km walk).
Meanwhile, Singapore Youth Olympics-bound hurdler Mohd Ajmal Aiman Mat Hassan will be among five athletes who will be featuring in the Asian All Stars competition, which begins in New Delhi today.

The 17-year-old Aljmal, of Terengganu, was selected based on his efforts in bagging the gold medal with a time of 14.11 in the 110m hurdles in the Asean Schools Games in Bukit Jalil two weeks ago.
The other athletes competing in the Asian All Stars are P. Yuvaraaj (400m), K. Ganthimathi (800m, 1,500m) and Mohd Jironi Riduan and S. Mathialagan (800m, 1,500m).


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