FARIS Hazim Jamaluddin’s steely will to succeed paid off when he broke a decade-long record in the boys’ Under-18 discus en route to the gold in the Malaysian Schools Athletics Championships yesterday.
The Selangor athlete posted a 49.81m mark at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Star to erase Sabahan Sean Teo’s 10-year-old record of 48.52m in the disciplne.
Faris said he was delighted that his years of hard work finally paid off. The gold is his first and last of the championships (he finished fourth in the event last year and sixth in 2012).
“To break a record that has stood since 2004 means a lot to me,” said the 17-year-old.
“It is a proud moment for me as I have not had a proper coach for the past three years and have been learning from Youtube all this while.
“Only when I join the Selangor team (for the MSSM championships) did I train under a discus coach.
“I have been offered a place in the national back-up squad recently and I feel I am ready to join once I finish my SPM exams this year.”
Johor’s Mohamaad Aminuddin Mohd Ajmain finished second on 46.65m while Muhammad Ikbal Kamarudin of Terengganu, who managed 45.68m, came in third.
The boys’ Under-18 100m final saw Kedah’s Muhammad Hafizuddin Abd Aziz come from nowhere to grab gold in the event in a time of 11.04 seconds.
Hafizuddin, who is also a budding footballer, had never competed in the championships prior to his emphatic win yesterday.
“I really did not expect to win today as I knew the competition would be stiff, especially from Malacca,” said the 17-year-old.
“I was second or maybe third-last midway through the race but I got faster towards the end. It was really close.
“My teacher had often asked me to compete (in athletics) in previous years but I had always preferred to play football.”
Asnawi Hashim of Malacca clinched the silver 11.07s while Sabah’s Tonga Jody Edmund (11.09s) finished third.
Perak’s Noor Eewan Syafiqah Mohd Sabri emerged as the girls’ Under-18 sprint queen after crossing the line in 12.22s ahead of Sarawak’s Norris Foo (12.47s) and teammate Kang Woan Yi (12.48s) who finished second and third respectively.