Malaysian Athletics 2018
Malaysian Athletics 2018 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 he did 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, who is pursuing a diploma in Sports Science at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam, was more than pleased for winning 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 Azeem 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 is born in 2004.
Azeem 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 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 SSTMI team. Muhammad Haiqal Bin 10.63, and Muhammad Zulfiqar 10.66 took silver and bronze.
Muhammad Azeem No Fluke Consistent
Muhammad Azeem 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 ran a 10.5 hand time.
Muhammad Azeem also has a very good 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. As a lot of good 100 runners, of this age tend to not be able to hold there form over the 200m and hence have slower times in comparison.
Azeem is likely to brush up his skills at his first international meet. The SEA Youth Championships in March which will be hosted by the Philippines. And his best times surpass the gold medal times of the last edition 10.91 and 21.75. The Philippines will be looking at 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 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 pretty much 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 is 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.
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 organise 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 soon.
“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 calibre 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|