Malaysia’s fastest man Khairul Hafiz Jantan is all geared up to face stiff competition from Eric Shauwn Cray, the Filipino American track and field athlete who won the 400m hurdles at the recent KL 2017 SEA Games.
Khairul Hafiz was talking about his determination to make the most of his upcoming training in Germany ahead of IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham next March in the talk show ‘Aspire to Inspire’ hosted by the Hotel Management And Tourism Faculty of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) last night, Berita Harian reports.
It seems like our sprint king, Khairul Hafiz will be facing some stiff competition at the World Indoor Athletics Championship in Birmingham next year if the Phillipines’ champion decides to take part.
Cray 28, will be a formidable competitor as he was the first Filipino athlete to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he made it to the semifinals.
The championship that will be held from March 1 to 4 will only offer a 60 meter (m) sprint event, but it will be a clash of titans for the South East Asian champions after Khairul Hafiz managed to snatch the 100m gold medal from Cray at the recent SEA Games.
Whatever the case is, the Southeast Asia’s Sprint King does not want to put pressure on himself and as such has laid out his own plans, including not to start late at the beginning of the race.
“I am scheduled to perform at the World Indoor Athletics Championship. I have never competed in this event before and I only hope to do my best.
“I do not know who will be competing but if Cray takes part, there will be stiff competition. For me, you cannot start late in the 60m race, in fact you need to be faster than 100m,” Khairul Hafiz said.
Recently, Philippines media reported that Cray bagged the silver medal at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan with a record of 6.63s.
However, he was not able to compete with the record by Hassan Taftian from Iran, who was the winner, at 6.55s.
At the World Indoor Championships in Portland last year, US sprinter Trayvon Bromell finished the race in 6.47s.
As the championships are just a few months away, we hope that Khairul Hafiz will continue to sprint his way to the finish line and make Malaysia proud.