Last Updated on December 31, 2020 by Andrew Pirie

Khairul Hafiz Jantan

Khairul struggling to get back into shape, so no SEA Games target for him

Jan 5, 2019

Khairul Hafiz Jantan crowns himself SEA Fastest Man

KUALA LUMPUR: National sprint coach Mohd Poad Mohd Kassim has relieved the pressure on Khairul Hafiz Jantan by not setting any target for him at the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 10.

Poad, who guided the Melaka sprinter to become the fastest man in South-East Asia at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017 with a time of 10.38, said Khairul has not regained his form.

Jantan with Coach Poad
Jantan with Coach Poad

“Last year was not a good year for Khairul as he struggled to clock a decent time in competitions,” said Poad.  “I’m not setting any target for him at this year’s SEA Games,” added Poad.

Poad’s reservation on his blue-eyed boy is understandable as Khairul has failed to come close to his personal best of 10.18 since achieving it at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Kuching in 2016.

His best time last season was 10.34, which he did in the first competition in the Federal Territory All-Comers Champion­ships in March. SEA Rankings 2018

Then, he clocked a poor time of 10.50 in the heats and failed to advance into the next round at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, in April and posted 10.45 in the semi-finals to finish sixth at the Asian Games in Jakarta last August.

New Kid in the Blocks Muhammad Lalu Zohri of Indonesia the World Junior Champion and #1 in SEA in 2018.

Poad said Khairul would not stand a chance against other top sprinters like Indonesian Lalu Muhammad Zohri, Eric Shauwn Cray of the Philippines, and a host of good runners from Thailand if he failed to step up.

Lalu, who clocked a personal best of 10.18 to win the gold medal in the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland last July, is seen as the favorite.

Home star Eric, who won the gold at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games with a time of 10.25, will also pose a big threat.


Eric Cray
Mr. Eric Cray of the Philippines the 2015 SEA Games 100M Champion in 10.25.

“Khairul started training last month and I have 11 months to help him improve his mental and physical strength for the SEA Games,” said Poad, who has been coaching Khairul for the last seven years.

“But first, Khairul needs to beat the silver medal qualifying mark of 10.42 in the National Open championships (in Bukit Jalil on March 28 and 29) to qualify for the SEA Games,” he added.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/athletics/2019/01/05/khairul-struggling-to-get-back-into-shape-so-no-sea-games-target-for-him/#vGzS7I4ldKckVexf.99

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Khairul Hafiz Jantan crowns himself SEA Fastest Man Coaching is much an art as it is a science.

The Sculpture can sculpt his finest masterpieces when he is given the freedom to do so without distractions or interference.

3-4 Years ago Khairul Jantan of Malaysia was a soccer player. Before Coach Poad took him within 2 years from a beginner in sprints to a 10.18 100M Guy.

I’m sure there were a lot of national coaches interested in getting him but Poad was able to use what he had learned to build a strong athlete.

Poad was rewarded when his man Khairul Jantan at 19 years of age crowned himself SEA Games Champion last night.

What I liked seeing was Jantan actually was trying to find his coach straight after and gave him a big hug.

This to me is a good coach-athlete relationship. Where we must also consider that not every athlete and coach is compatible. But this is an example of it working. I wish Coach Poad and his ward Khairul Hafiz Jantan aspire to push themselves to greater feats in the years to come.


Eric Cray race Favorite

It was defending champion Eric Cray of the Philippines who looked best out of the blocks, with Jantan tagging half a stride behind. Jantan however started to draw level with Cray about 30m into the race.

Cray had the difficult task of running four races in a day. Despite an appeal that was turned down by the organizers. He had just won a very close 400 Hurdles an hour and a half before.

Cray did his best to hold pace with Jantan until 80 Meters when Jantan started to pull away, Cray dived to try and salvage the win. But Jantan already had his hands up in the race knowing he had won the race.

Meanwhile out in Lane 7, Namsuwan of Thailand snuck up to take bronze in 10.43. It took some time as Cray and Namsuwan had rant he same time but the judges went to the 1000ths of seconds to give Cray Silver and Namsuwan Bronze.

Cray is not just the only Filipino Male sprinter to win the Gold in the 100 Meter Dash in SEA Games (2015) he is the only ever medalist in the 100 Meter Dash for the Philippines in SEA Games since the Philippine joined in 1977.

Jantan who has a PB of 10.18 is Asian Junior Champion. Jantan will be looking to do the double in the 200m having recently improved his 200M PB back in July to 20.90 at the Malaysian Open. He will be challenged by Filipino Sprinter Trenten Beram who was fifth at the Asian Championships in 20.96.

The Teacher Khairul with his Coach Poad


Malaysia’s Prime Minister takes a selfie with the Medalists in the 100m Dash


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Khairul Hafiz Jantan ties Crays Season lead

Two athletes who did not compete in the 2015 SEA Games continued to make names for themselves on the South East Asian sprint scene.

In the Men’s 100m Dash Khairul Jantan sent a challenge to defending Champion Eric Cray of The Philippines (10.25). The 19-year-old 2016 Asian Junior Champion clocked 10.31 (0.0), to tie Crays season lead.

Setting up a very interesting race at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in August. Jantan was well clear halfway through the race and only gave a little bit back by easing down the last 30 meters. He also ran 10.36 (1.2) in the heats.

Jantan hols a PB of 10.18 and is the Malaysian Junior and Senior Record Holder. His marks in the heats and finals improve on his season-best of 10.39 (-0.2) at Sasolburg in South Africa.

Krisada Namsuwan of Thailand took silver in 10.45, improving on his 10.48 PB from 3 years ago. 2013 SEA Games champion Jirapong Meenapra took Bronze in 10.48.

19-year-old Jantan leads the field comfortably with 30-40 to go. (Screen Shot Grabbed from a video of www.adriansprints.com)

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 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. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here http://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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