By: Patrick Beech
J Pavithraa Devi is proven herself to be an outstanding athlete by competing in two different sports in three Sea Games.
She took up athletics at the age of eight when studying at SJK Keng Koon and a year later she also took up softball.
The 23-year-old from Penang made her Sea Games debut in 2015 in Singapore as a softball player. Two years later, she competed in javelin at the KL Sea Games and finished fourth.
In 2019 at the Manila Sea Games, she won a bronze in softball.
Pavithraa has turned out to be a "double international", one of the rare athletes who is good in two different sports.
She will feature in the Malaysia Games for a record sixth time when the Kuala Lumpur edition starts on Friday. And this will be her final outing. She will be taking part in the javelin event.
She was only 13 when making her Malaysia Games debut in Pahang in 2012.
Pavithraa, who has a personal best of 43.42m, said confidently she does not think there is any other rival who can beat her in the Malaysia Games.
"I have been training for two years under coach Rifat Artikov (of Uzbekistan) and this is my sixth and last Games. I want to finish with a bang," she added.