BREATHER FOR KHAIRUL

Sprinter out of Se­lan­gor Open as coach Poad de­cides to give him a break

New Straits Times - - Sport - DEVINDER SINGH devinder@nst.com.my

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.

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