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Time running out for Eddie

Published on: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Time is slowly running out for State sprinter Eddie Edward Jr as he aims to make the Malaysian contingent for the 2014 Asian Games or XVII Asiad scheduled to take place in Luncheon, South Korea from September 19-Oct 4.

The 22-year-old who is currently the country's number one in the blue ribbon event has yet to take part in any competition since he competed in the final of the 100m SEA Games in Myanmar back in December last year.

He told Express Sports on Monday at the Likas Stadium, where he has been training for the past two months that he needs to compete in as many competitions as he can in order for him to be fit and on time to make the qualifying mark for the Asiad by September.

"It is really frustrating there are not many high level competitions available in this region and funds is another factor as well, without any strong financial support, it is difficult for my planned schedule to materialise with limited choices."

He said he had earlier planned to make it to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July as well, but that is highly unlikely to happen now as the time is too short for him to make any attempt to achieve the qualifying time.

The State Land and Survey Department employee who clocked the fastest time for Malaysian athletics last year in the 100m dash with 10.62s is hoping that this year he will be able to lower his best time to 10.42s.

He said he is working hard with his coach Cyril Yapp to try to achieve his target this year.

"I have no problem on my starting and it is the finishing that I really need to improve if I am going to beat the 10.5s mark and I am determined to overcome that."

Cyril meanwhile, said Eddie needs at least five high level competitions before the closing date for him to harbour any chance of making the squad for Asiad in September.

"Apart from the competitions, he also needs at least six hours of training daily and if his employer can spare him the time then with hard work, he stands a very good chance to make it to Luncheon."

Eddie who ran 10.75s in the final of the SEA Games was the first State representative in the blue-ribbon event since Faizal Maslim appeared for the country at the Manila SEA Games in 2005.

He was named in the national squad after he set the fastest time for local athletes last year in the 100m dash with 10.62s in the Malaysian Open.

It was a major boost for him as he finally overcame the physical and psychological setbacks from his earlier injury that had affected him since 2011.