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Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.

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.

Eko Rimbawan of Indonesia clocked 10.59 to settle for silver while another Malaysian Jonathan Nyepa took the bronze with a time of 10.66.

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.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/athletics/2018/12/21/debutant-aqil-grabs-100m-gold-in-naypyidaw/#uuYVZ9xCktMWPffr.99


Chinh Chinh Chinh blasts out 11.40 (-1.2) to take SEA lead womens 100m Dash

Chinh
Chinh
Photo Credit: Du Hai

2017 SEA Games 100 and 200M Champion Le Tu Chinh. Set aside a rather cumbersome effort at the Asian Games in 2018.

And helped herself to the season lead in the Women’s 100m Dash for South-East Asia. The previous leader was Kristina Knott of the Philippines who led with 11.50 since the beginning of the year.

The 21-year-old Chinh time was also a personal best of 11.40 (at the Conference Champs at Hanoi on November 27. Even more impressive was it was ran into a -1.2 head-wind. This improved on her 11.47 (0.2) time at the Thailand National Open in July of 2017.  The Top 5 Girls in this race were under 12 seconds. With Nguyen Oanh also doing a PB of 11.78 to land the silver.

The mark is just outside the national record of 11.34 held by 4x SEA Games Vu Thi Huong set in the 2009 SEA Games.

Bouncing back from her rather sluggish 11.70 effort at the Asian Games which saw her eliminated from the Semi-Finals a few months ago. Chinh looked rather over weight and cumbersome at the time. In contrast, her low knee lift, long strides, and high turn oversaw a completely different athlete.

It will surely give her confidence defending her SEA Games 100m title next year in the Philippines.

Chinh who has been coached by Huong Nguyen since she was 10 years old. Also was mentored by American Guru Coach Loren Seagrave

Chinh will contest the 200 meters tomorrow at the Conference champs where she is looking to improve on her 23.32 Personal best time. The National record is also held by Vu Thi Huong with 23.27.


Not to be under-estimated Amsam-Ang SEA Season lead in Pole Vault

Pinoyathletics continues are highlights of the major changes in SEA Athletics.

Amsam-Ang SEA Season lead in Pole Vault

Amsam-Ang
5.40 to 5.55m in 2018 Amsam-Ang. Looking like a challenge for the SEA Games Gold.

21 year old, Thai Pole Vaulter Patsapon Amsam-Ang. Continued his meteoric rise in the world of Pole Vaulting. The highlight of 2018 being his first major international medal a Bronze at the Asian Games in Jakarta with a then 5.50m.

With a new personal best of 5.55m at the Thailand National Games on November 21. Amsam-Ang showed he was in no hurry to wind up his rapid improvements for 2018. He has improved this year from 5.40m to 5.55m. Infact he broke his PB four times 5.41, 5.42, 5.50 and 5.55.

Amsam-Ang grabbed a new PB, new Thai record and the SEA Season lead from 2017 Asian Bronze medalist  Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines who had registered 5.51m earlier in the year over in Europe. Obiena, 23 personal best of 5.61m was set in 2016 which is the South East Asian Record.

Ernest Obiena
Ernest Obiena

But he has a very worthy adversary in the Thai  Amsam-Ang who trains in Poland. While Obiena trains in Italy. It will be an interesting battle as the 2019 SEA Games will be held in the Philippines. And with not just one but two world class Vaulters aiming for Olympic Selection in 2020 it will be one of the drawcards of the 2019 SEA Games. 

Porranot
2015 and 2017 SEA Games Champion Porranot of Thailand these days is playing second fiddle to his country man Amsam-Ang

In Thai National Games Men’s Pole Vault 2017 SEA Games Champion Porranot Purahong took silver with 5.20m. Ang was only silver last SEA Games. With Obiena not participating due to an injury sustained before SEA Games. Veteran Kreetha Sintacheewa a many time SEA Games Champion took Bronze in 5.20m. With 18 year old Kasinphot taking bronze in 5.10m. Showcasing the wealth of depth in Thai Pole Vaulting.

While Amsam Ang performance in the Thai National Games was the marquee performance.  There were some other very stunning performances.

Double Gold for Female Jumpers

Chayanisa
Chayanisa

On the female side Asian Games silver medalist Chayanisa Choemchundee did enough to win the Women’s Pole Vault with 4.10m, well off her 4.30m PB. But she also added the High Jump gold with 1.68m.

While Parinya Chuaemoreong the Asian Games bronze medalist in the Triple Jump won the Long Jump (6.12) and Triple Jump (13.53m).

Meanwhile evergreen Wassana Winatho a multiple SEA Games champion who is nearly 40 years old won the women’s Heptathlon.

Sub 47 400M

Nattaphong Kongkraphan improved his 400 PB from 47.46 to 46.74 to win the Mens 400m from Jirayu Pleenram 47.77 and Natthawuch Pumthong 47.90.  SEA Games Silver Medalist Sunthorntuam still a junior at 19 years of age was fourth in 48.24, nearly 2 seconds below his personal best. 


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 out -shining the Open Men’-with his gold in the Boys Under 15 division. Azeem is from Perak sports school.

Open Mens 100M

2017-SEA-Games-Athletics-100m-Mens-Khairul-Jantan
Khairul Hafiz Jantan crowns himself SEA Fastest Man. Azeem is following in his footsteps now.

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 establish in winning the U15 Boys division at the Malaysian School Meet. He had also ran 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.

21.70 Run

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 on 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.

Sachin Dennis
Sachin Dennis of Jamaica

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 smouldering 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.

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Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.

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Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.

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