High jumper Lee Hup Wei finished a commendable eighth in his first appearance at the World Athletics Championships in the men’s final in Doha on Friday.
Hup Wei, ranked 22nd in the world, ended on 2.27 metres after failing three times to set a new personal best and equal the national record of 2.30m.
However, 32-year-old Hup Wei leaves Doha having set a personal best of 2.29m in qualifying on Tuesday which also made him the first Malaysian ever to reach the final of a World Championships event.
Competing in front of the biggest crowd all week at the Khalifa International Stadium, 2007 Asian champion Hup Wei also had the consolation of finishing ahead of 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Wang Yu of China, who ended on 2.24m.
Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim retained the title with a clearance of 2.37m while Russians Mikhail Akimenko and Ilya Ivanyuk, both competing as Authorised Neutral Athletes, took silver and bronze respectively after each went over 2.35m.