Badrul gives him­self a boost

New Straits Times - - Sport - Devin­der Singh

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.

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