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Khairul Hafiz Jantan

Flying Malay Khairul Jantan new sprint King of South East Asia (video)

Aug 23, 2017


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. 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 working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here https://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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