KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia did well to win four gold medals on the first day of the Singapore Open Athletics Championships – but there was none from new national sprint sensation Mohd Izzuddin Yahaya.
All eyes were on the 28-year-old school teacher to win a medal in the men’s 100m final after he clocked a personal best of 10.48 en route to bagging the gold in the Malaysian Open a week ago.
But in his first international competition, Izzuddin was a letdown. He could only clock 10.57 to finish fourth in the final of the blue riband event at the Sports Hub on Saturday.
Indonesia made it a 1-2 finish through Iswandi (10.42) and Boby Yaspi (10.45). Singapore’s Calvin Kang Li Loong took the bronze in 10.56.
Izzuddin was clearly disappointed with his performance.
“I was hopping to improve on my personal best … instead I clocked a slower time. It’s frustrating to finish fourth…,” said Izzuddin, who hopes to make amends by finishing on the podium in the 200m on Sunday.
He has a personal best of 21.40 in the 200m, which he did at the Malaysian Open.
While he flattered to deceive, Adi Aliffuddin Hussin, Mohd Ajmal Aiman Mat Hassan, Nor Amelia Musa and Fathin Faqihah Mohd Yusuf delivered the goods.
Burly Adi set the ball rolling with the first gold in the men’s shot putt with a throw of 16.84m.
It was, however, way off his personal best of 17.10m, which he did in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games to win the silver medal.
Mohd Ajmal won the men’s 110m hurdles in 14.29 before Nor Amelia took the women’s 1,500m gold in 4:42.46 and Fathin clocked 57.35 to bag the women’s 400m.
Malaysia also won four silvers and a bronze yesterday.
Three-time SEA Games champion Lee Hup Wei, who has been struggling for form since recovering from an ankle injury last December, won silver in the men’s high jump with a height of 2.17m. This is way off his national record of 2.27m.
The other silvers were delivered by Nor Fatin Adibah in the women’s javelin (40.94m), Nik Nor Zilawati Nik Wil in women’s 800m (4:53.07) and Ahmad Luth Hamizan in the men’s 1,500m (3:57.55).
Ahmad, who beat the previous Games’ gold-medal time of 3:58.02, has thus qualified for the Singapore SEA Games.
Ku Munirah Ku Zamzuri took bronze in the women’s 100m hurdles (14.27).