KUALA LUMPUR: He may not have a podium finish, but national high jumper Lee Hup Wei’s success in making history as the first Malaysian athlete to reach the finals of the World Championships is indeed something to be proud of.
The 32-year-old former national record holder registered a personal best 2.29m jump in the qualifying round at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Tuesday to qualify for the finals.
In the finals early today, Hup Wei, could only manage a jump of 2.27m to finish eighth out of 12 finalists.
Asian champion Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar) clinched the gold medal after making 2.37m jump, while Mikhail Akimenko and Ilya Ivanyuk (Authorised Neutral Athlete) bagged the silver and bronze medal respectively after both with by making a 2.35m jump.
Hup Wei, who competed on the wildcard ticket managed to complete the 2.19m and 2.24m jumps on a single attempt, made the 2.27m jump with two attempts but failed to reach the 2.30m mark, hence denying him the opportunity to make a 2.33m jump to qualify on merit for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.