BREATHER FOR KHAIRUL
Sprinter out of Selangor Open as coach Poad decides to give him a break
NATIONAL 100m record holder Khairul Hafiz Jantan is the notable name missing from the Selangor Open entries this weekend as the sprinter earns a welldeserved rest.
Following several races in South Africa and the Singapore Open, sprints coach Poad Kassim felt Khairul, 18, has had enough competition for the first four months of the year.
Poad is attempting to pace Khairul in the lead up to the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in August, which is where he wants the sprinter to unleash his true potential and break the national record of 10.18 seconds.
“I have entered all my sprinters for the Selangor Open with the exception of Khairul,” Bandar Penawar-based Poad told Timesport yesterday.
“Khairul is not injured or anything. It’s just that I felt it best to give him a break for now since he has been running non-stop since March. His main goal this year is the Sea Games and everything is geared towards peaking in August.”
Khairul clocked a season’s best of 10.39s in Sasolburg on March 29 but stumbled at the Singapore Open during the final and running in a headwind to time 10.86s.
After the Selangor Open at the Universiti Malaya Arena, Poad plans to take his athletes for a three-week training camp in Baguio, Philippines.
“It would be a good change of scenery and will allow the boys to focus on training without distractions,” said Poad. “After that we will head for the Thailand Open where Khairul will return to competition.”
In Khairul’s absence, the likes of Badrul Hisyam Manap, Haiqal Hanafi and new Malaysian schools sprints champion Aiedel Saadon will battle for the 100m title at the two-day Selangor Open.
Poad also plans to test a new relay combination at the championships with Selangor’s Aqil Yasmin joining Badrul, Haiqal and Aiedel in the quartet.
“It’s a new combination which will provide me with a few more options for the Sea Games,” said Poad, who left Khairul and Jonathan Nyepa out of the quartet.
Khairul Hafiz Jantan competed in several events since March.