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Inspired by Japanese sprinter, Khairul Hafiz wants to break the 10-second barrier

Back in September, Yoshihide Kiryu became the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m race after he clocked 9.98s at the finish line.

Kiryu set the record at the Japan National University Championships in Fukui, breaking Koji Ito’s national record from 1998. The tail wind was 1.8 meters on Saturday.

Inspired by the Japanese, our very own sprinting hero and SEA Games gold medalist Khairul Hafiz Jantan has expressed that he too, wants to outdo his personal best and smash the 10-second barrier.

Khairul’s current personal best is at 10.18 seconds, which is also the national 100m record.

“Yoshihide’s achievement has inspired and motivated me because there is a new challenge for me when competing abroad and Japan will be hosting the 2020 Olympics.” Bernama quoted Khairul Hafiz as saying.

“God willing, I will be able to achieve that feat,”

“My focus now is on the Asian Games. My target is to achieve Rabuan Pit’s achievement at the New Delhi Asian Games back in 1982 – to win the 100m gold.” he added.

The last time Malaysia won gold in the Asian Games men’s 100m was 35 years ago (1982) through Datuk Rabuan Pit, and the Speedy Jantan is ready to take on the challenge to bring the gold back to Malaysia.

Apart from the Asian Games, Khairul Hafiz will also be focusing on qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Good luck, Khairul Hafiz!

Watch out Khairul Hafiz, this Japanese sprinter just smashed the 10-second barrier

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“Gembira, terharu, sedih” – Solihim balas dendam kekalahan di Para Asean Singapura

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Atlet pecut negara, Ahmad Solihim Mohamad Nor akhirnya berjaya mencapai cita-citanya untuk merangkul pingat emas pertamanya di Sukan Para Asean apabila memecut laju untuk menghadiahkan pingat emas kepada Malaysia dalam acara 100m Lelaki T45/46.

Ahmad Solihim menewaskan pesaing terdekatnya, Phung Dinh Tu dan Main Anh Minh dari Vietnam dengan catatan masa 11.58 saat.

“Perasaan saya bercampur baur. Ada rasa gembira, terharu, sedih.

“Masa di garisan permulaan tadi, saya tidak terlalu gemuruh seperti di Para Asean Singapura. Saya dapat mengawal rasa gemuruh sebelum berlari. Saya berpuas hati dapat memulakan larian dengan baik dan yang paling penting saya berjaya memenangi pingat emas.”

Pada tahun 2015, Solihim tewas kepada Phung Dinh Tu dalam acara 100 meter dan 200 meter. Sejak itu, dia bertekad untuk menang di laman sendiri.

“Di Singapura saya merupakan atlet separuh masa. Jadi dari segi latihan sangat berbeza. Selepas 2015 saya mula menjadi atlet sepenuh masa, jadi latihan, pemakanan dan rawatan semuanya dipantau.

“Lepas di Singapura saya sasarkan emas juga, tetapi mungkin ketika itu terlalu gemuruh. Kebetulan itu kali pertama kami bertanding bersama. Selepas kekalahan itu, saya menanam tekad untuk membalas dendam di Kuala Lumpur.”

Solihim masih mempunyai dua lagi acara iaitu, 4 x 100 meter yang turut berlangsung pada hari ini dan 200 meter yang akan berlangsung pada hari Jumaat ini.

“Saya ada dua acara lagi iaitu 4×100 meter dan 200 meter. Saya berazam mahu menang emas dalam kedua-dua acara tersebut terutamanya 200 meter.”

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WATCH: Siti Noor Iasah bolts to first place in women’s 400m race

Malaysia’s Siti Noor Iasah was invincible at the women’s 400m T20 race earlier this morning.

She bolted towards the finish line to clock 1:00.84s and bag gold for Malaysia.

Watch the race here:

Siti Noor Iasah also went into the Paralympic Games with a personal best of 60.4 seconds, though that number was shattered as Siti won the second T20 400m heat by clocking 58.96 seconds, setting a new Asian record.

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Hemala Devi’s out-of-league shot put throw gifts gold to Malaysia

Malaysia’s shotputter Hemala Devi upped the gold medal tally by after her incredible performance at the women’s shot put F11/12 event at the 9th ASEAN Para Games earlier today.

Hemala Devi’s throw of 10.09m to clinch gold was in a different class altogether.

Second-placed Jeanette Aceveda from Philippines recorded a distance of 7.04m with her throw, followed by Brunei’s Dayang Nor Hensan who recorded 7.79m.

 

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Eddy Bernard continues stellar performance by clinching 2nd gold in Para Games

He’s a boy of many talents!

At only 16, Eddy Bernard bagged his second gold medal this morning at the 9th ASEAN Para Games’ athletics event at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil.

Eddy aced the men’s long jump T37 event by recording a distance of 5.76m. He finished ahead of Vietnam’s Truing Tan Hien (5.47m) and Nguyen Huu Thinh (4.48m).

 

On Monday, Eddy clinched his first gold medal in the para games after sprinting to the finish line ahead of his fellow compatriot, Jacklon Ganding, and Vietnam’s Le Van Manh.

Eddy clocked 12.45s to clinch gold, followed by Jacklon Ganding who clocked 12.48s at the men’s 100 T37 race. Le Van Manh, who clocked 12.68s, bagged the bronze medal.

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Athletics: Siti Noor Radiah leaps to gold in women’s long jump

Another gold for Malaysia!

Malaysia’s para athlete Siti Noor Radiah clinched gold for Malaysia in the women’s long jump T20 event earlier this afternoon.

The 23-year-old emerged champion after she recorded 4.99m to finish ahead of her fellow compatriot, Nani Shahiera. Nani Shahiera trailed close behind as she recorded 4.78m to clinch silver for Malaysia.

Indonesia’s Tiwa settled for bronze after jumping a distance of 4.66m.

 

 

 

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WATCH: Here’s how sprinter Felicia Mikat clinched gold at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games

Malaysia’s sprinter Felicia Mikat is the one to look out for in the athletics event at the upcoming 9th ASEAN Para Games.

The 18-year-old girl bagged three gold medals at the 8th ASEAN Para Games in Singapore two years ago, acing the 100m T13, 200 T13 and 400 T13 events.

Here’s a video of her bolting towards the finish line at the 2015 Para Games and bagging gold for Malaysia.

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Watch out Khairul Hafiz, this Japanese sprinter just smashed the 10-second barrier

On Saturday, Yoshihide Kiryu became the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m race after he clocked 9.98s at the finish line.

Kiryu set the record at the Japan National University Championships in Fukui, breaking Koji Ito’s national record from 1998. The tail wind was 1.8 meters on Saturday.

“I’m thrilled to have done it in my last 100 race of the season,” Kiryu was quoted as saying by Japan Times. “I’d been stuck for four years and I managed to rewrite my own record at last.”

“I’m on the starting block of the world now that I’ve run a nine. I’m so grateful to my coach and trainer.” the 22-year-old said.

Yoshihide Kiryu is one of the many tough opponents that Malaysia’s Khairul Hafiz Jantan might have to face in the impending 2018 Asian Games.

At only 19, Khairul Hafiz was crowned the fastest man in Southeast Asia after outclassing his rivals at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August. Khairul Hafiz clocked 10.38s at the 100m race to bag gold.

After the KL SEA Games, Khairul Hafiz, also known as the Speedy Jantan, said he will shift his focus towards the Commonwealth and Asian Games – and aspires to take Malaysia’s athletics to greater heights.

Malaysia last won gold in the Asian Games men’s 100m 35 years ago in 1982 through Datuk Rabuan Pit, and the Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) is looking to change that with Khairul Hafiz.

However, heading into Asian Games, things will inevitably be more challenging for the youngster, especially with the rise of prolific sprinters all over Asia.

Khairul Hafiz is currently taking a break from all competitions to focus on recovering from an injury he picked up at the 2017 KL SEA Games at the end of his 100m race.