KANGAR (1 Jun 2014) – After the flop at the Australian Open in Melbourne in April where he failed to clear 4.60m in all three attempts, the 17th Sukma turned out to be a breath of fresh air for national pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi.
The 20-year-old Johorean rewrote his own national record of 5.10m which he set at the Myanmar Sea Games last year where he won the silver medal. with a new mark of 5.15m to retain his Sukma pole vault title.
However, Iskandar’s golden effort in the Sukam may have come a bit too late and he may not find himself in the team to the Commonwealth Games after his disastrous outing in Melbourne.
“I was confident of retaining the gold but never thought that I will set a new national record. I am both happy and at the same time sad.
“I may have rewritten my pole vault national record but I am not sure of going to the Commonwealth Games. As far as I know, at this stage, I am not in the team,” said Iskandar after his win at the Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium in Kangar.
However, Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad, brought some cheer for Iskandar after his win.
“I have put forward Iskandar’s name for the Commonwealth Games. Hopefully, the Olympic Council will accept my recommendation,” said Zainal.
At the last Sukma in Pahang in 2012, Iskandar won the gold with a height of 4.80m.