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2018 Malaysia Athletics Debutant Aqil grabs 100m gold in Naypyidaw
Friday, 21 Dec 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Sprinter Muhd Aqil Yasmin made a memorable debut in the 19th Asean University Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
The 21-year-old Selangor athlete clocked a time of 10.53 to win the men’s 100m gold at the Wunna Theikdi Stadium on Sunday.
His time, however, was way off his personal best of 10.39 set in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Ipoh to win gold in September.
In the 200m final on Tuesday, Aqil bagged the bronze by posting 21.26, which was slower than his personal best time of 21.01 to win the gold in Sukma.
It was a 1-2 finish for the Thai sprinters in the 200m as Jirapong Meenapra clocked 21.12 to win gold while his teammate Nutthapong Veeravongratanasi clocked 21.21 to take the silver.
Aqil, pursuing a diploma in Sports Science at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam, was more than pleased to win the gold in the 100m, which is not his pet event.
“I did not train hard as I was busy preparing for my semester examinations. My focus was on my 200m pet event but it was a surprise that I won the blue riband event.
“It was my first Asean University Games and it feels nice to return with a gold and a silver,” said Aqil, who will be sitting for his examinations next week.
Aqil added that he wants to feature in his first SEA Games in the Philippines next year, and to achieve that, he has to finish among the top two in the final of 100m and 200m in the Malaysian Open at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil from March 23-24.
“The Malaysian Open will be the selection process to win a place for the SEA Games.
“I will face a strong challenge from SEA Games gold medallist Khairul (Hafiz Jantan), Jonathan and other local sprinters in both 100m and 200m,” said Aqil.
Malaysian Athletics 2018 Muhammad Azeem 14-Year-old Malaysian Boy 10.72 and 21.70
Muhammad Azee,m 14-Year-old Malaysian Sprinter, Muhammad Azeem Bin Mohd Fahmi of MSS Perak, clocked a new Personal Best of 10.72 at the Bukit Jalil Secondary School Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Most noteworthy is that Azeem was born in 2004.
Azeem’s performance was the best of the meet.
And it shows promise for the future of Malaysian Sprinters in their sports school system, with Azeem outshining the Open Men’-with his gold in the Boys Under 15 division. Azeem is from Perak sports school.
Open Men’s 100M
Azeem’s time was good enough to place 4th in the Open Men’s. SEA Games Champion Khairul Hafiz Bin Jantan opened his season with 10.51 and took the finals in 10.55. With all 8 finalists representing the SSTMI team. Muhammad Haiqal Bin 10.63, and Muhammad Zulfiqar 10.66 took silver and bronze.
Muhammad Azeem No Fluke Consistent
Muhammad Azeem’s performances are no flukes as well as his previous PB of 10.78 was established in winning the U15 Boys division at the Malaysian School Meet. He had also run 10.90 at the U21 Sukma meet in September against athletes 6-7 years older than himself and placed 8th in the final. He also has run a 10.5 hand time.
Muhammad Azeem also has a perfect 200m time of 21.70, also set at Malaysian schools, which split is 10.85, which is a fairly good level of speed endurance for his age? However, many good 100 runners of this age tend not to hold their form over the 200m and hence have slower times in comparison.
Azeem is likely to brush up on his skills at his first international meet. The Philippines will host the SEA Youth Championships in March. And his best times surpass the gold medal times of the last edition, 10.91 and 21.75. Thus, the Philippines will be doing better than its 2018 outing in which it had 0 golds and finished behind SEA minnows Timor Leste in 7th on the medal tally.
Rising South East Asia
This performance shows the rising level of depth of young sprinters at the SEA level, with Mohammad Lalu Zohri taking the World Junior Title in the 100m in 10.18 in Tampere, Finland.
The 14-year-old boy can beat all of the local sprinters in the open age category from the Philippines at this stage, despite the heavy investment that has gone into the Philippines sprint program.
World Records for 14 years of age. Mind-Blowing.
However, looking at the world records for 14-year-old boys. I noted both the 100 and 200 are held by Sachin Dennis of Jamaica set last year.
Dennis 100m time is 10.51. But his 200m is a jaw-dropping 20.89!!!. Imagine going sub 21 at 14 years of age; that is smoldering fast.
Dennis did improve his 100m in 2018 to 10.20 at age 15, which is also an age grade record but didn’t run a 200 in 2018.
Kuala Lumpur Allcomers 18 March 2018
While Several Malaysian athletes launched SEA Leading Marks 3 months into 2018.
At the Kuala, Lumpur all-comers meet organized by the FTAA.
Also, Iskandar Alwi has broken the Malaysian National Record with a leap of 5.31m, along the way leaping 5.26m, eclipsing his SEA Games bronze mark of 5.25m.
Alwi shares the SEA lead with Umsum-Ang of Thailand.
Luqman Hakim had a monster PB with a 7.82m mark, which puts him clearly in front as the South East Asian leader.
While his previous best was 7.62m at the Malaysian Champs last April in Lumut. While in Triple Jump Muhammad Hakimi Ismail leaped 16.27m to improve his seasons best and extend his SEA lead, leading up to the Commonwealth Games.
“I did not expect to be able to make 7.82m because at first I was just trying to get the best post but after the decision was released and the officer wrote it 7.82m I was shocked because it’s such an amazing thing for me.
“If my target this year only reach the distance of 7.70m to brighten my chances to the 2018 Asian Games because I know the opportunity for the 2018 Commonwealth Games is almost impossible for me,” he said when met by reporters yesterday.
The note, which is only 0.06m behind Josbert Tinus’s national record of 7.88m was created in Bangkok, Thailand in 2007, also received the attention of national sports coaches, Zainal Abas.
“I met the head of the coach (Zainal) after the game ended and he told me that the 7.82m distance has allowed me to qualify for the Asian Games.
SEA Games Champion Khairul Hafiz Jantan opened his season with a time of 10.34, around the same as what he ran a the SEA Games.
Also, Jantan should be running in the big international event, The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next month.
Also the 21-year-old holds a PB of 10.18. Which he is hoping to break. While Newcomer Mohammed Zulfiqar Ismail took second in 10.46.
He is not a member of the national team. 7 of the runners (all Malaysians) ran below 10.75. Also Haiqal a member of the 4×100 was third in 10.47.
Also, Jonathan Nyepa (PB 10.28) who came last in the 100 ran an SEA leading 21.24 to win the 200m.
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SUKIPT Malaysia (Feb 11)
Feb 11, 2018
20-year-old Muhammad Aqil Yasmin of Malaysia sped to a 10.53 victory (PB 10.48) at the SUKIPT meet in Malaysia; he held off national athlete Jonathan Nyepa 10.76 and Muhammad Nazrul Azman at 10.83. Aqil went onto score a sprint double with a smart 21.64.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s 100m SEA Games, Silver medalist Husniah Zulkifili opened her season with a handy 12.04 to visit Thai Sureewan Rowan 12.39. But, unfortunately, Zulkifli skipped the 200m.
The 400m Men’s Sukipt was won by SEA Games 200m Bronze Medalist Arvainn Gunasegaran in 48.06, from Kwong Kar Jun. In the Women’s, a bevy of visiting Thai’s Ratchada Talee (56.51), Thanphong Aodee (56.56), and Jotamas Khonkham (56.77) took the first 3 spots.
Fathin Faqhihah of Sabah was the fastest Malaysian in 57.43. Faqhihah also, with the absence of Thai’s and Zulkifli, won the 200 in 25.76.
SEA Leads for 2018 were established with Asif Jiyaudeen took the 800m in 1:55.82, Luqman Hakim Ramlan won the Long Jump in 7.55m. In Women’s Teoh Kim Chyi 2:15.04 in 800.
Perlis Open (January-February 2018) (Jan 31)
Many performances at the Perlis Open were hand-timed at the first track meet in Malaysia for 2018.
- Muhammad Faudzli won the 100 in 10.6 to take the early 2018 lead for Southeast Asia.
- Ruslem Zikry won the 400 Hurdles in 56.3.
- Azreen Alias took the women’s 100min 12.1.
- Teoh Kim Chyi won 1500 in 4:59.2.
- While Janice Jin won the 3000m in 11:47.1.
- Juriani Rohdzi won the 100 Hurdles in 15.4.
Lee Hup Wei clears 2.28m at 30
January 30, 2018
Article by Andrew Pirie
(with info from Adriansprints.com)
At 30 years of age, Lee Hup Wei showed his career was far from over. The SEA Games silver medallist in the High Jump of Malaysia won the ACT Champs in Canberra, Australia, on January 27 with a 2.28m effort. Lee Hup Wei cleared 2.15, 2.20, 2.24, and then 2.28.
Lee Hup Wei eclipsed his previous best of 2.27m, which he did three times in 2008 (Beijing), 2010 (Chennai), and 2010 (Naimette), respectively.
Lee Hup Wei was the 2007 Asian Champion and 2007, 2009, and 2011 SEA Games Champion. Before playing second fiddle to countryman Nauraj Singh Randhawa. On this occasion, however, Randhawa faded to fifth place with 2.15m. At the 2017 SEA Games, Singh won the SEA Games in 2.24m on countback, with Hup Wei also tying at 2.24m, breaking the SEA Games record.
Hopefully, Malaysia will send Lee Hup Wei with Nauraj Singh to the Commonwealth Games as he is ranked 6th on the 2017-2018 Commonwealth rankings (according to Adriansprints.com).
2018 January Roundup Athletics South East Asia
Jumpers in Kazakhstan
Meanwhile, in Kazakhstan, SEA Games, Champion Muhammad Hakimi Bin Ismail, 26, opened his season with a modest 15.93m indoors at the Olga Ryapkova meet.
He missed out on his national indoor record of 16.00m set at the Asian Indoor Champs in Huangzhou in 2014. His teammate Kirthana Ramasamy, 20, registered an opening indoor leap of 12.48m.
Malaysia bid to Host Asian Grand Prix 2018
Dec 20, 2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 ― The Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) will be sending its bid to the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) to organize one of the circuits of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics next year.
Its president Datuk Karim Ibrahim said he would be submitting the proposal when attending the AAA Council meeting in Jordan.
“We will seek the government’s support to organise several Asian level competitions such as Asian Grand Prix and the Asian Athletics Championships next year.
“The move is triggered by the presence of several athletes of caliber such as Khairul Hafiz Jantan and high jumper, Nauraj Singh Randhawa who were in action at the World Championships in London recently,” he said.
Karim told reporters after chairing the 14th MAF Annual General Meeting here today.
In this regard, he claimed national athletes based in the state could not undergo regular training at certain venues, which had to give way to other activities.
01.01.18 New Years Day Run, Kuala Lumpur
Half Marathon Womens
|Loh Chooi Fern||MAS||1.28.51|
|Tahira Najmunisaa Muhammad Zaid||MAS||1.32.09|
Half Marathon Mens
|Poo Vastanthan Subramaniam||MAS||1.12.55|
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 Pinoyathletics.info, 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.
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