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GOLD COAST: With a few more days left in the Commonwealth Games, Chef-de-Mission Huang Ying How and Podium Programme director Tim Newenham are hopeful the contingent will achieve their target.

Malaysia's target for the games is to finish top 10 and also to do better than the 2014 Glasgow haul of 6-7-6.

"We are on track so far in terms of individual performances. We do know when the medals will come. Weightlifting and diving delivered but the sports we hoped would perform but are not ranked highly here, did not deliver," said Ying How.

"We have opportunities in diving, lawn bowls and badminton while shooting is always a wildcard thing when you make the finals.

"The important thing here, especially for sports like badminton, is to take one round at a time. They need to remain positive and give their best.”

Ying How said he is not only happy with the sports that have won medals but also with the ones who did not finish on the podium but performed promisingly.

"Unfortunately, we did not win a medal in cycling but things could have been different. Azizulhasni Awang was ill but he still made the keirin final.

"Cyclists Shah Firdaus Sharom defeated world champion in sprint, Matt Glaetzer while 21-year-old Farina Shawati did well to reach the women's keirin final.

"We are also proud of powerlifter Jong Yee Khie and the rhythmic gymnasts who won a silver each along with squash player Naffizwan Adnan.

"The swimmers did not win medals but they made progress by reaching the finals of three events through Welson Sim (400m and 1,500m freestyle) and Tern Jian Han (50m backstroke).

Newenham said: "If the remaining athletes can perform to their maximum, we will have chances for medals.

"In terms of preparation, all Podium athletes were given the best of everything. We did not perform in some sports as other athletes were just better," he said.

Newenham also touched on Nauraj Singh's poor performance in Wednesday's high jump by stating that the athlete just could not perform in the competition.

"We spoke to his coach Alex Stewart and the Australian disclosed that Nauraj was well-prepared before his event. Even Nauraj felt he was OK.

"We will do a review on Nauraj and analyse the reasons he failed to perform. We will look into the technical and physical aspects.

"When we do a review on the athlete, we analyse not only his results but also his commitment, lifestyle, diet and other things.

“We will make changes to his training programme, if we have to, and get him prepared for the Indonesia Asian Games,” he added.

Commonwealth Games, Chef-de-Mission Huang Ying How. (Pix by YAZIT RAZALI)
Commonwealth Games, Chef-de-Mission Huang Ying How. (Pix by YAZIT RAZALI)

Podium Programme director Tim Newenham. (Pix by SADDAM YUSOFF)
Podium Programme director Tim Newenham. (Pix by SADDAM YUSOFF)

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