SABAH’S Andre Anura broke the boys’ Under-15 long jump record for the second straight year at the Malaysian Schools Athletics Championships.
Andre overcame both the wet weather and the rivals to clinch gold with a 6.89m leap at Darulaman Stadium on Saturday to better his own 6.75m mark set in Kuantan last year.
Andre, Kedah’s Mohd Fitri Anaqi Sobry (second, 6.55m) and Sabah’s R. Darren Richard Harry (third, 6.51m) could only receive their medals yesterday as their event had finished close to midnight on Saturday.
“It was tough, the track was really heavy as it had rained for most of the night and my run-ups were not as good as I would have liked,” said Andre, 15.
His previous personal best of 6.81m was set at the Sabah Schools Championships in Kota Kinabalu earlier this year.
The SM Chung Wah, Tenom student hopes to bring glory to the country in both the long jump and the triple jump one day.
“I do not really have any sporting idols that I look up to or want to emulate but representing the country is something that I am hoping to do one day,” he said.
Andre will also compete in the triple jump on Tuesday where he hopes to emerge victorious after his silver medal finish in the discipline last year.
The other games record broken on Saturday was the boys’ under-15 800m which saw Pahang’s Luqmanul Hakim Khairul Akmal erasing the mark of 2 minutes 0.68 seconds set by Tan Wei Heng of Kedah in 2009 with a golden effort of 1:59.70s. By Fadhli Ishak