KUALA LUMPUR: Harith Ammar Mohd Sobri bagged the men’s sprint double in the Perak Open athletics championships at Perak Stadium in Ipoh.
The 22-year-old Harith from Terengganu, who won the 100m final with a time of 10.50 on Saturday, upstaged national champion Mohd Izzuddin Yahaya to win the 200m final on Sunday with a time of 21.54.
Izzuddin, who failed to qualify for the 100m final on Saturday due to a stiff thigh muscle, clocked 21.65 to finish second while Perak’s T. Aravin finished third in 21.91.
Harith, the 200m silver medallist in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games with a time of 21.46, was delighted with his double victory.
“It is a good morale booster ahead of next month’s SEA Games. Although I bagged the double in Perak Open, I will only compete in the 200m and 4x100m (at the Games).
“I am a better runner in the 200m and my mission in the SEA Games is to at least retain the silver I won in Myanmar two years ago,” said Harith.
The women’s 200m final was won by Finland’s Nea Maria Mattila in a time of 25.78.
Nurul Assikim Mohd Rasid, representing Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF), was second in 28.00 while Jin Xuan of Help University clocked 28.68 to finish third.
Mohd Firdaus Musa, who was nursing a foot injury, won the men’s 400m hurdles in 53.71.
Despite the win, Firdaus would be dropped from the SEA Games because of persistent foot injury, according to Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) technical director Robert Ballard.
SEA Games-bound Noor Amira Nafiah did well to win the women’s long jump with a season best of 6.21m.
MAF will finalised their squad for the SEA Games by Wednesday.