PETALING JAYA: Discus champion Irfan Shamsuddin is like a fixed deposit asset for Malaysia in the SEA Games athletics competition.
Rain or shine, Irfan has never failed to deliver and has bagged four consecutive gold medals in the discus since the 2013 SEA Games. He is well on course to secure a high five in Hanoi from May 12-23.
Irfan, who achieved his season best of 58.63m in the Malaysian All-comers meet in Kuala Lumpur on March 26, said his preparations for the Games are on track.
“I will not say that the gold is mine but my training to keep the medal is on track and I feel good. I have stayed free of injuries and that is crucial to my SEA Games goal,” said the 26-year-old Irfan.
“I had been throwing in the range of 58m in competitions.
“I registered 58.69m in the Sarawak Open three weeks ago.
“I’m not too concerned about my rivals. Normally, athletes from the Philippines and Indonesia will be strong but I’m focused on my form and condition going into the Games.
It is going to be a long season for me where my focus will be on the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.
“A good performance in Hanoi can set the tone for more success.”
The Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou from Sept 10-25 and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from July 28-Aug 8.
Irfan also competed in the Perak All-comers meet in February and the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur last month where he was peerless in both competitions.
Irfan, who holds the national discus record of 62.55m, will compete in the Singapore Open this weekend.
The two-day meet, which begins on Saturday, will be Irfan’s final tune-up before the biennial Games.
Irfan leaves for Singapore today.