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Jun Hao’s back and aiming for spot in the 2024 Olympics

Jun Hao's back and aiming for spot in the 2024 Olympics

20.1.2020

Jun Hao's back and aiming for spot in the 2024 Olympics

PETALING JAYA: The Tokyo Olympics are still six months away but the road to Paris 2024 has already begun for national men’s singles shuttler Leong Jun Hao (pic).

The 20-year-old believes this will be the crucial year to lay the foundation for him to accomplish his dream of becoming an Olympian after his disappointment this year. His bid for Tokyo was shattered by two lengthy injury lay-offs since October 2018. Jun Hao was touted as the next big thing in Malaysian badminton after he bagged the Asian Junior title and a silver medal at the World Junior meet in 2017. He made an immediate impact after being promoted to the senior team in January 2018, finishing as runner-up at the Thailand Masters and went on to win the Finnish Open – his first senior title. He was called up for the Thomas Cup Finals in Bangkok in May, and the Asian Games in Indonesia, August. “At that time, I actually thought I might have a shot of securing an Olympic debut, which is ultimate aim of all shuttlers in world. “Things were looking up until I suffered my first injury (a hip injury that sidelined him for five months). “Two years have gone just like that after the series of injuries, but there’s nothing I can do about it, ” Jun Hao said. “Fortunately, time is still on my side. But it’s time to get cracking although 2024 is still some time away.” Jun Hao’s second lay-off, this time due to an ankle injury, kept him out of action from March to June last year. After failing to impress upon returning to competition, Jun Hao showed signs of revival by making it into the semi-finals of the Malaysian International Challenge in November and came in runner-up at the Bangladesh International Challenge in December. He was ranked a lowly 654th last September, but managed to climb to No. 183 thanks to his two strong results. Jun Hao is now looking to make further progress. “I’m completely healed now, and it makes a lot of difference to be competing without fear of aggravating the injury, ” said Jun Hao. “I still have to undergo rehab sometimes for precaution. I have done a lot better towards the end of last year, but it will count for nothing if I don’t build on it. “I’ll try to break into the top 50 first. Ultimately, I hope to start playing regularly in top-tier World Tour tournaments. If I can do that, I believe I’m on the right path to Paris.” Article type: free Read more: The Star

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