New Straits Times - - Sport -

At the Rio Olympics last year, Nauraj only missed out on qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nal on count­back but this time 16 jumpers cleared 2.29m to ad­vance to the next height of 2.31m, the au­to­matic qual­i­fy­ing mark for the fi­nal.

The list of fi­nal­ists is headed by World No 1 Mu­taz Essa Barshim of Qatar and in­cludes 2013 world cham­pion Bo­hdan Bon­darenko of Ukraine.

Among those elim­i­nated was China's Zhang Guowei, sil­ver medal­list at the 2015 world meet, who cleared only 2.22m.

With his maiden World Cham­pi­onship cam­paign over, Nauraj now re­turns home for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games where he will bid for a third con­sec­u­tive gold medal.

Nauraj has had a good year so far af­ter win­ning four ti­tles in Aus­tralia, Sin­ga­pore and Spain prior to ar­riv­ing in Lon­don.

He is a strong favourite at the Sea Games where his only ri­val for gold is com­pa­triot Lee Hup Wei, a three-time Sea Games gold medal­list.

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