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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.

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Khairul Hafiz to end Malaysia’s 35-year gold draught in Asian Games?

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When Khairul Hafiz Jantan aced the men’s 100m race at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, it was clear that this kid is going places.

At only 19, Khairul Hafiz bagged gold to be crowned the fastest man in Southeast Asia after outclassing his rivals to clock 10.38s at the 100m race.

Back in July, Khairul Hafiz smashed Tan Sri M. Jegathesan’s 49-year-old record from 1968 when he clocked 20.90 seconds at the Malaysia Open 200m race. Khairul’s time of 20.90s was 0.02 seconds faster than Tan Sri M. Jegathesan’ record time.

Now that the SEA Games are over, Khairul Hafiz, also known as the Speedy Jantan, will be shifting his focus towards the Commonwealth and Asian Games to take Malaysia’s athletics to greater heights.

According to Bernama, 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.

“The Commonwealth and Asian Games are important to me to show the world an athlete from Malaysia could be their top competitor,” Khairul Hafiz told reporters.

Apart from that, there are also plans to send Khairul Hafiz to the World Indoor Athletics Championship in England next year in March, according to the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president, Datuk Karim Ibrahim.

“According to MAF plan, we want to send Khairul Hafiz to the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham, England in March.” Datuk Karim said.

“But he has to meet the qualifying time of 6.63s for the 60m sprint. Preparations for Commonwealth and Asian Games will commence after that,” he added.

In the meantime, Khairul Hafiz is undergoing treatment at the National Sports Institute (ISN) for thigh injury he picked up after his 100m sprint race at the KL SEA Games.

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WATCH: Malaysia’s Muhd Azam, Arif Zulhilmi finish 4th & 5th at men’s 400m final

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Malaysia’s Muhd Azam B. Masri and M. Arif Zulhilmi were outclassed by the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam in the men’s 400m final earlier this evening.

Philippines Anthony Beram came in first and clinched gold after clocking 46.39s. Close behind him was Thailand’s Sunthonthuam, who recorded 46.46s on the clock.

Vietnam’s Quach Cong Lich bagged bronze, finishing just 0.02 seconds behind Thailand.

Malaysia’s Muhd Azam B. Masri and M. Arif Zulhilmi finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Watch the race here:

 

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Here’s why Khairul Hafiz had to sit out of the men’s 4X100m race

Malaysia’s relay quartet finished fourth at the 4X100m race that took place at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil earlier today.

However, the Malaysian squad, comprising of Badrul Hisham Abdul Manap, Jonathan Nyepa, Nixon Kennedy and Mohd Haiqal Hanafi, managed to smash the national record after clocking 39.27s at the finish line.

The previous national record was set at 39.62s.

Thailand’s relay team came in first, smashing the previous SEA Games record of 38.95s to clock 38.90s in the 4X100m race. Indonesia and Philippines came in third and fourth respectively.

Photo: Bernama

The relay team had to make do without the fastest man in Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s sprint hero Khairul Hafiz Jantan. Khairul Hafiz had to sit out of the race due to a hamstring injury he picked up at the 100m race on Tuesday night.

The injury also denied him a podium finish at the men’s 200m race on Wednesday night — Khairul Hafiz was edged to fourth place by his fellow compatriot G. Aravinn who came in third to clinch the bronze medal for Malaysia.

According to reports, Khairul also seemed to be uncomfortable during the heats session earlier on Wednesday afternoon. Therefore, he was advised to sit out of the men’s 4X100m race today.