By Aftar Singh
KUALA LUMPUR: Hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (pic) is on course to win the gold medal in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August after breaking the 23-year-old men’s 110m hurdles national record.
The 29-year-old Sabahan, who left for Europe two weeks ago for a six-week training-cum-competition stint, clocked 13.67 to win the B final of the men’s 110m hurdles in the Kurpfalz Gala Athletics Championships in Germany yesterday.
It erased the 13.73 mark Nur Herman Majid set en route to winning the bronze medal in the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games.
Swiss Brahian Pena (13.73) was second and Belgium’s Dario De Borger (13.80) was third.
Rayzam’s time is also better than the SEA Games record of 13.69 set by Jamras Rittidet of Thailand in the Singapore SEA Games in 2015.
Rayzam, who won gold in the 2007 Korat SEA Games, was surprised with his record-breaking feat.
“I want to thank everyone for helping me set the record. It feels great,” said Rayzam, whose previous best was 13.81 (to win the gold in the Australian Open Championships in Melbourne in 2012).
On Thursday, Rayzam had clocked a season best 13.85 to win silver in the Zeulenroda Championships in Germany.
Rayzam, who was the silver medallist in Singapore Games in 2015, is the favourite to win gold at KL 2017 as four-time gold medallist Jamras has retired.
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