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Pe­nang last month.

Grace, mean­while, should fea­ture among the chal­lengers in the ham­mer as she holds the na­tional record of 60.99 me­tres which she set just a month ago in South Korea.

Na­tional chief coach Zainal Abas said while he ex­pects some of the ath­letes to ex­cel, the un­known strength of the field makes it dif­fi­cult to gauge how many medals can be won.

“We can’t say how many medals the ath­letes can win be­cause we don’t know the strength of other coun­tries’ youth ath­letes,” said Zainal yes­ter­day.

“But I think a few of them have the po­ten­tial to win medals. Aiedel is one of them and it de­pends on whether he can re­peat the time he posted in Pe­nang.

“He is one of those in with a good chance. The oth­ers in­clude Grace in the ham­mer and Nazri Mustafa in the boys’ long jump and triple jump.”

Nazri shat­tered the 14 years old record in the long jump at the na­tional schools with a leap of 7.37 me­tres be­fore go­ing on to win the triple jump gold.

The other ath­letes in the boys events are Soli­hin Ja­mali (100m and 200m), Il­ham Suhaimi (400m), A. Ber­ch­mans (1,500m and 2,000m steeple­chase), Kee Jeep Wen (shot put), Ngu Ing Bao (dis­cus), Fabian Sia Sun Siong (ham­mer) and Alif Razi ( javelin).

Azreen is joined in the girls’ 100m and 200m by Chelsea Cas­sio­pea Evali Bop­u­las while Kar­mentina Nadia Quadra (100m hur­dles), Nu­rul Alya­haz­iqah Ka­ma­raza­man (5,000m walk), Nu­rul Fitriyana Rani (pole vault), Mahira Ha­nis Ishak and Ng Yun Jie (both long jump and triple jump), and Nani Shahi­rah Mary­ata (shot put and dis­cus) are the oth­ers in the fray.

Azreen Nabila Alias will be com­pet­ing in the 100m and 200m events.

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