Lao athletes leap towards 25th SEA Games success

Posted by samakomlao Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Lao long jump team is trying to improve on the national record during training at the National Sports Training Centre in the hope of winning medals at the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane in December.

The team consists of two members, both of whom won medals at the eighth National Games in Champassak province last December.

Silver medallist Soulisak holds the current national record of 6.60 metres. He represented Vientiane at the National Games and will compete in the long jump and hurdle events at this year's SEA Games.

Bronze medallist Sipaseuth represented Borikhamxay province.

The gold medallist is unable to join the SEA Games team.

Long jump coach Sitthixay Sakpaseuth said if the athletes improve on their records they will have a good chance of winning medals at the games.

He said the squad will train in Thailand and test their technique in international level events in the lead-up to the games.

The team has been training at the Sports Training Centre in Sikeuth village in Naxaithong district since April.

The Lao Amateur Athletic Federation plans to host a regional track and field competition in October to enable teams to hone their preparations for the games.

The event will be held at the National Football Stadium at Km 16 in Xaythany district.

A t the last SEA Games in Thailand in 2007, the Lao long jump team was unsuccessful in their quest to win a medal.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

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