KAZAN, (Russia), July 9 (Bernama) -- National women high jump champion Noor Amira Nafiah booked a place in the World Universiade Games (Universiade) high jump final despite nursing a heel injury.
In the Group B semifinal held today, Noor Amira cleared 13.41m to finish third among nine competitors to earn a place in the final on Thursday.
Noor Amira who set the National record of 13.90m during the Malaysian Open Athletics Championships last year, said she would try to improve on the height on Thursday.
"My birthday falls on July 16 and I want to use it as an inspiration to try and win a medal. My target is 13.70m but if I can smash the National record it will be a bonus.
"I am feeling the pain in my heel... it is an injury I suffered 10 months ago and now in the process of recovery," she told reporters, here, today.
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Noor Amira said after the Universiade, she would be competing in the Vietnam Open Athletics Championships on July 19, and use it to try and qualify for the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games in December.
"My schedule is tight and even participating during the Ramadan month. My aim is to qualify for the SEA games," she said.
Meanwhile, women diver Jasmine Lai Pui Yee also made it to the final in the 3m Springboard after finishing in 11th at the Aquatics Palace centre in Kazan after collecting 246.550 points.
Apart from Noor Amira and Jasmine Lai, no other Malaysian athletes were involved in the race for medals today as host Russia continued to head the medal tally with 27 gold, 10 silver and 17 bronze medals.
South Korea with 6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze are in second place while Japan 5-8-8 are third.
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