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2017 Malaysian Athletics Malaysia 3 to 8 Golds SEA Games Athletics

Sept 3, 2017

Malaysia 3 to 8 Golds SEA Games Athletics
Gu Yuan of China helped level up Jackie Wong and Grace Wong in throws aswell as going out to provinces to scout for new talents. Malaysia 3 to 8 Golds SEA Games Athletics.


Malaysia has gone from 3 to 8 Golds in the space of one SEA Games cycle. While Nauraj Singh (High Jump), Hakimi Ismail (Triple Jump), and Muhammad Irfan Shamshuddin (Discus) all defended their titles. And 5 new athletes added to this tally when Malaysia hosted the SEA Games in 2017. Below is the golden Era’ athletics thanks to the Foreign coaches article? From Haresh Deol.  I have made some edits.

Expect the ‘local v foreign coach’ debate to be reignited following our athletics team’s success at the just concluded Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Furthermore, the athletics squad scored eight gold medals in track and field events.

The eight winners (and coaches) are:

1. Hammer thrower Jackie Wong (Gu Yuan – China)
2. Hammer thrower Grace Wong (Gu Yuan – China)
3. High jumper Navraj Singh Randhawa (Alex Stewart – Australia)
4. Sprinter Khairul Hafiz Jantan (Mohd Poad Mohd Kassim – MALAYSIA)
5. Hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (Jan Klaus Erasmus May – Germany)
6. Walker Elena Goh (Teoh Boon Lim – MALAYSIA)
7. Discus thrower Irfan Shamsuddin (Fero Petrovic – Slovakia)
8. Triple jumper Mohd Hakimi Ismail (Viktor Sotnikov – Russia)

From the list above, only two of the winning coaches are locals.

In fact, silver medalist high jumper Lee Hup Wei, a former Asian champion, forked out his own money to train under Stewart.

Not to undermine our local coaches, perhaps it is time for them to learn from these experts. For instance, Gu Yuan said she was willing to visit every state right after the regional Games to assist the local coaches and help them unearth talents.

Quite often, a Foreign Coach or Consultant’s role is to assist and upskill the knowledge of local coaches or transfer technology as they are only usually hired on a short-term basis. A lot of the time, Foreign Coaches end up hands-on and coaching the athletes directly.

Malaysia Roster SEA Games 2017 Athletics

Aug 7, 2017

Malaysia Roster SEA Games 2017 Athletics

In athletics, Malaysia has targeted only six golds from the 45 at stake. A total of 28 Malaysian women will be competing in the Aug 19-30 Games, and Grace is the best bet to deliver the gold.

The five other golds are expected to come from the men’s team. Sprinter Khairul Hafiz Jantan, high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa, Muhd Irfan Shamsuddin (discus), Muhd Hakimi Ismail (triple jump), and Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (110m hurdles) are the potential gold medallists.

At the Singapore Games, Malaysia only returned home with three golds in athletics through Nauraj, Irfan, and Hakimi.

Jonathan Nyepa clocks 10.28 takes 2017 SEA Lead time in South Korean Open.

Jul 1, 2017

Nyepa moves to #1 in 2017 SEA Rankings 100m

Jonathan Nyepa
Jonathan Nyepa

June 27, At the South Korean Open in Jeongseon. Jonathan Nyepa of Malaysia may have taken the silver. But for the 21-year-old Malaysian sprinter, the time of 10.28 has moved him to #1 in the SEA Rankings List.  Nyepa finished second behind Kim-Kuk Young of South Korea, who timed 10.07. 

Nyepa meteoric rise puts him ahead of 2015 SEA Games Champion Eric Cray (10.31), who had been the season leader since the beginning of the year. Cray won the 2015 SEA Games in a personal best and a Philippine National Record of 10.25. The rapid improvement of Nyepa saw his mark as #2 fastest all-time by a Malaysian sprinter. The time improves on his PB of 10.36 ran last year at the Malaysian U21 Championships.

In the same race, Nixson Kennedy of Malaysia finished fourth in a new PB of 10.43 also.

Nyepa 10.28 puts him at #1, while Cray shares #2 in 10.31 with Khairul Jantan of Malaysia, who also clocked 10.31 to win the Thailand Open easily. Jantan won the Asian Juniors last year in 2016 and held the Malaysian Record of 10.18. The SEA and SEA Games Record is 10.17, held by Surya Agung Wibowo of Indonesia.

The Malaysian 4×100 is very formidable with Jantan (10.31 and 10.18), Nyepa (10.28), Kennedy (10.43), and Manap (10.58 & 10.29).



The Malaysians will be in action at the Asian Championships next week and at the Malaysian Open Championships the following week. This will serve as their final selection for the 2017 SEA Games, held at the same stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Jackie Wong Chiew Seer took silver and showed he is on his way to the SEA Games title in the Hammer Throw after improving his National Record to 65.34m. Seer finished with a bronze last SEA Games but has improved a lot and should have no problems securing the title with SEA Games Record Holder Caleb Stuart of the Philippines not defending his title.

Kim-Kuk Young

Before this week, Kim-Kuk Young of South Korea National Record was 10.16 (+1.8) from the World University Games 2 years ago in Gwangju, South Korea. He showed a great set of runs in a concise period of time.

On 27th June, He clocked 10.07 (0.8) to win the International event, a New Korean National record, and under the 10.12 qualifying time for the world championships in London in August. Also, a handy 10.22 (0.5) in the heats.

A few days ago, on 25th June, a wind-aided 10.07 (3.6) in the semis with +0.2 10.13, which was then a national record and 10.30 +0.5 in heats.

2 National Records and 5 races within 2 days. 2017 SEA Rankings

Malaysians Jumpers in Kazakhstan Ismail 16.45m

Jun 16, 2017

Ramasamy, Coach, Nadia and Hakimi.

Three Malaysians competed in Kazakhstan as Guests at the National Open. Impressive is SEA Games Champion Muhd Hakimi, who leaped 16.45m; he lost to Mark Harry Diones at the Philippine National Open. Diones recently leaped 16.13m. 

It sets up a good clash for the SEA Games.

Malaysian athletes results:

Women’s Long Jump
3rd – Noor Shahidatun Nadia Mohd Zuki: 5.88m 0.5

Women’s Triple Jump
3rd – Kirthana Ramasamy: 13.12m  (SB) -0.2

Men’s Triple Jump
1st – Muhd Hakimi Ismail: 16.45m -1.3

Congrats, Malaysian Athletes!! Good job, Kirthana Ramasamy, achieving season’s best after a long layoff due to injury.

Credit: Azrail Bin Khaldzir, some corrections made.

SEA Rankings can be found here


Malaysians show promise leading to SEA Games: Randhawa 2.20m

Apr 16, 2017

2017 SEA Games Host Malaysia showed promise. This year the traditional Perak Open, better known as the Malaysia Close. This also served as the National Championships and part of Malaysia’s evaluation to select its SEA Games team,

With a lot of the best Malaysian’s based in training and competing in South Africa. The remainder of the locals still proved very strong.

One of the strongest performances came from Nauraj Singh Randhawa in the Mens High Jump.

Malaysia’s National Record Holder Nauraj Singh Randhawa (2.29m) took the win in 2.20m.

Randhawa is ranked 18th= in the world as of April 1. And had been competing a lot in Australia. Norshaffie Mohd Shah was second in 2.12m. Randhawa is the 2013 and 2015 SEA  Games Champion. And plans to make it the third time in a row in 2017 when Kuala Lumpur hosts the SEA Games.

Norris Foo

Another strong contender in the Womens 100m. 18-year-old Norris Foo clocked 11.72 (-1.0) in the heats. Which is the fastest wind-legal time for 2017 so far. The time hardly comes as a surprise for Foo, who has been slowly moving up the ranks of Malaysian women sprinting. Having clocked 11.87 as a 14-year-old!.

Just last month Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli (4th in 2015 SEA Games) timed 11.36 (2.5) and Shally Komalam 11.65 and Siti Mohammad 11.68 in that same race in Pretoria. This shows the Malaysians will also have a strong 4×100. The Duo is expected to challenge 2015 SEA Games Champion Kayla Anise Richardson (now 19) of the Philippines has been running very well and breaking National Records in the 400m.

With most of the major male sprinters in South Africa. Aqil Yasmin won narrowly over Nixson Kennedy 10.63 to 10.64. Khairul Jantan has the fastest time by a Malaysian for this year with 10.39 (-0.2), Jantan best is 10.18, and Jonathan Nyepa has also run 10.61. 

After a stunning loss to the upcoming Filipino Harry Diones. SEA Games Champion Hakimi Ismail took a win in the Triple Jump in 15.93m.

In the Mens Long Jump, Luqman Hakim Bin Ramlan leaped 7.62m, this ranks him in 2017 only behind Tyler Ruiz of the Philippines, who leaped 7.78m at Sam Diego last month.

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Malaysia’s Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifili clocks a wind-aided 11.36

Mar 9, 2017

Andrew Pirie, ATFS Statistician


Malaysia’s Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli, 21, sent warnings to her Southeast Asian rivals with a time of 11.36 +2.5 to place second in the AGN League Meet 7 in Pretoria, South Africa

The performance was the fastest ever by a Malaysian woman. G. Shanti holds the Malaysian Record of 11.50 from 1993. Unfortunately, as the IAAF only allows +2.0 m/s, Zulkifli just missed out on claiming a national record. Zulkifli’s official best time is 11.67 +0.5 m/s at the Kosanov Memorial in Almaty on 25 June 2016. She had the fastest time in the 2016 SEA Rankings. In the 2015 SEA Games, Zulkifli finished fourth.

However, she did clock a new PB also in the 200m of 23.80 +1.4 m/s, which was a significant improvement on her previous best timing last year of 24.30 set in Singapore in April.

Two other Malaysian women also ran at this meet, Shelly Komalam 11.65w and 24.27 (PB 24.16), and Sati Fatimah Mohamad 11.68w and 24.64 (PB 24.27).

Khairul Jantan wins the Asian Juniors 2016

In the Mens Khairul Jantan, the Asian Junior Champion holds the Malaysian National Record with 10.18 (just .01s outside the SEA Games Record of Surya Agung Wibowo of Indonesia). He opened his season with 10.46 +1.6. Two other Malaysians, Yasmin 10.73 (100m) and Jonathan Nyepa, 21.53 (200m), also joined. 

In the 400m, Badrul Hisyam Manap, better known as a 100m runner with a 10.34 PB. Had his first-ever run in the 400 and clocked a very credible 47.60. With Masri also clocking 48.03 (PB 46.90).

In the Women’s Shireen Vallabouy 55.53 and Faizah Asma Mazalan 56.42 opened in the 400m.

These results will make Malaysia a solid contender with their home ground advantage in Malaysia for the SEA Games in August.

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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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