Sprinter Khairul fails to make 100m final at world youth meet

KUALA LUMPUR: There was no Hari Raya Aidilfitri joy for national youth sprinter Khairul Hafiz Jantan.

By Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: There was no Hari Raya Aidilfitri joy for national youth sprinter Khairul Hafiz Jantan.

The teenager, who will turn 17 next Wednesday, clocked a personal best of 10.62 to finish fourth in the third heat of the boys’ 100m to qualify for the semi-finals in the ninth edition of the World Youth Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Khairul, whose previous best was 10.69, however, failed to advance to the final after clocking a poor 10.74 to finish seventh in the second of three semi-finals.

The Malacca sprinter, who will miss the Hari Raya celebrations, won’t have too much time to dwell on that disappointment as he has to get ready for the 200m event on Friday.

“I’m a little disappointed at failing to improve my time in the semi-finals,” said Khairul, who aims to improve on his 200m personal best of 22.06, which won him a silver medal in the National Schools Sports Council meet in Malacca in May.

Another Malaysian sprinter Asnawi Hashim, whose personal best is 10.81, failed to advance to the semi-finals after clocking 10.90 to finish fifth in heat four.

Sixteen-year-old Abdul Hakim Sani Brown of Japan surprised everyone by clocking a personal best time of 10.28 to break the 14-year meet record to bag the 100m gold medal.

Abdul Hakim, whose mother is Japanese and father is from Nigeria, erased the previous record of 10.31 set by Darrel Brown in Hungary, in 2001.

Brazil’s Derick Silva was second in 10.49 and Britain’s Rechmial Miller third in 10.59.

There was more disappointment for Malaysia when Singapore SEA Games bronze medallist Shereen Samson Vallabouy failed to qualify for the girls’ 400m final.

Shereen, who bagged a bronze in the inaugural Asian Youth Championships in Doha, Qatar, in May, posted 56.02 to finish sixth in heat four.

Her time was way off her personal best of 54.26, which she set at the SEA Games last month.

In the boys’ triple jump event, Malaysia’s Andre Anura could only clear 14.54m to finish ninth out of the 12 participants in qualifying.

The Sarawakian has a personal best of 14.89m.

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