Not once but twice in a row, national discus thrower Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin erased his own record and set a national best in the Under-23 Hallesche Wefertage Open Athletics Championships in Halle, Germany on Sunday.
Not once but twice in a row, national discus thrower Muhammad Irfan Shamsuddin erased his own record and set a national best in the Under-23 Hallesche Wefertage Open Athletics Championships in Halle, Germany on Sunday.
Irfan broke his own mark of 58.04m in the first throw with a personal best of 58.21m but followed that up with 58.33m in his sixth and final throw.
National Sports Institute (ISN) had tweeted on its Twitter handle ISN #RoadToRio @isnmalaysia the good news together earlier today with a picture of the jubilant looking Irfan, looking every bit the champion.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin also shared his congratulatory message on his social media posts this afternoon.
Given that he was competing against traditional discus champions who often hail from Nordic and Russian backgrounds, Irfan certainly did Malaysia proud when he finished fourth, just missing a podium finish. Norway, Sweden and Germany bagged the first 3 spots.
Irfan had been sent to a two-month training stint in Europe just 3 weeks ago and is certainly putting his training to good use, producing almost instant results in a few weeks.
“There is not much competition for Irfan in Malaysia …. so we decided to send him to Europe early this month to train and compete in higher level competitions.
“It was only his second competition in Europe and he did well to break the national record by 29cm,” Irfan’s national coach Zainal Abas told reporters, a local English news daily reports.
The 20-year-old had rose to fame when he broke the national record at the 2015 Malaysian Athletics Open last year.
Since then, there has been no looking back for the Negeri Sembilan born national discus throwing prodigy.