Badrul gives himself a boost
GIVEN the intense competition for sprinters to qualify for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games, Badrul Hisyam Manap enhanced his chances of being selected in more than one event after another sub48 second run in the 400m in South Africa.
Badrul, who has been eclipsed in the shorter sprints by Khairul Hafiz Jantan, ran 47.73 seconds to finish second to Finland’s Oskari Moro (47.63s) in the 400m race at the Sasol NWU-Pukke International meeting at Sasolburg on Tuesday.
Badrul’s time was just marginally off his personal best of 47.62s set in early March, which would be good enough to get him into the Sea Games final but not on the podium.
A decision on which events Badrul will run at the Sea Games will not be made until after the Malaysian Closed Championships next month.
Before leaving for South Africa, Badrul’s coach Poad Kassim said the athlete is still in contention for the 100m and 200m events though he could also run in both relays.
“It depends on how Badrul progresses in the 400m but a decision will only be made later,” said Poad.
In other events, national 100m record holder Khairul set his season’s best time of 10.39s in finishing third in the 100m final. Teammate Jonathan Nyepa came in fourth in 10.62s while Haiqal Hanafi timed 10.80s in the B final.
Khairul, however, is far from being the fastest Malaysian in the 100m this year after Azam Masri, who usually runs the 400m, clocked 10.22s earlier in March.
Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli has yet to return to the heights of her national-record setting run earlier this month in her second competition since then.
The sprinter ran 11.84s to finish second in the 100m race, a far cry from her national record of 11.45s.
But Husniah bounced back in the 200m event after clocking 24.24s, to also finish runner-up, a time which is only 0.06s short of her personal best.
S. Komalam Shally finished fourth in the 200m (24.66s) and third in the 100m (12.06s) while Siti Fatima Mohamed was fourth in the 100m (12.07s).
Shereen Samson Vallabouy finished second in the women’s 400m after posting a 2017 best of 54.58s which was not far off her personal best of 54.26s she set in winning bronze at the 2015 Sea Games.
Badrul Hisyam Manap finished second in the 400m event at the Sasol NWU-Pukke International meeting at Sasolburg on Tuesday.