SINGAPORE – Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Karim Ibrahim is satisfied with the performance of national athletes at the two-day Singapore Open Athletics Championship which ends today.
“This is one of our preparation for the SEA Games in August. The performance shown by the athletes is encouraging as some of them are participating in the championship for the first time,” he told Bernama today.
Malaysia won seven gold medals via the men’s and women’s high jump, the men’s and women’s discus throw , the women’s 4x100m relay, the men’s 1500m and the men’s triple jump.
The MAF sent 27 participants including two paralymjpic athletes, Abdul Latif Romly, who is also National Sportsman 2016 and Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, to the Singapore Open this time.
Discus thrower Muhammad Irfan Shamsuddin made an impressive entrance when he broke the championship record of 57.42m held by Lee Newman of Wales since 1998.
Muhammad Irfan won first place wiith a throw of 57.59m followed by Yuji Tsutsumi and Go Chinen, both of Japan, who came in second and third, with a throw of 54.88m and 49.94m respectively.
Meanwhile, Malaysia had to withdraw from the men’s 4x100m relay today due to injury sustained by sprint king Khairul l Hafiz Jantan in the 100m sprint.
Khairul Hafiz almost fell at the 50m mark but managed to finish the race in fourth place. Compatriot Muhammad Haikal Hanafi won third place ( 10.85s).
The 100m sprint was won by Mudiyasa Dewa Made of Indonesia ( 10.72s) while Anfernee Lopena of the Philippines finished in second place ( 10.73s).