National high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa, clinched a gold medal at the CAS Meeting International, which was held at the Stade Jean-Jacoby in Schifflange, Luxembourg. According to the official website of CAS, he broke the record after a leap of 2.18 metres.
The Johor-born athlete is the first Malaysian track and field star to qualify on merit for the Games since walker Yuan Yufang, pole vaulter Roslinda Samsu and Hup Wei in 2008.
🥇 Nauraj Singh Randhawa 🇲🇾
🥈 Douwe Amels 🇳🇱
🥉 Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh 🇮🇷
— Team Malaysia (@TeamMsia) August 23, 2021
After tying the knot with a German woman, the Olympian is settled in the country alongside with his wife. The 29-year-old began practising high jumping in 2001 and won a gold medal at the Sea Games (2013) in Myanmar and 2015 in Singapore.
Besides winning a gold medal, the Olympian has a best record of 2.30 at the Singapore Open Championships (2017), flopped during his last attempt for 2.21m. Nauraj was the first athlete to secure a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on merit, and was ranked 18th in the high jump category on his maiden appearance.
Congratulations on your outstanding achievement, Nauraj!