HAKIMI IN GOLDEN FORM FOR SEA GAMES

Triple jumper daz­zles at Se­lan­gor Open

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DEVIN­DER SINGH devin­der@nst.com.my

HAKIMI Is­mail made a wel­come re­turn to form after leap­ing to the sec­ond-best mark of his ca­reer to win the Se­lan­gor Open men’s triple jump ti­tle at the Univer­siti Malaya Arena yes­ter­day.

His win­ning ef­fort of 16.61 me­tres ranks just be­hind Hakimi’s 16.76m na­tional record which he posted in win­ning gold at the 2015 Sin­ga­pore Sea Games.

It was a wel­come re­turn to form for Hakimi, who had strug­gled with a foot in­jury last year which ham­pered his bid to qual­ify for the Rio Olympics.

“This com­pe­ti­tion was es­sen­tially for me to test a new tech­nique with a longer up run-up and I’m happy to have posted my sec­ond-best ef­fort of my ca­reer,” said Hakimi, who was also a sil­ver medal­list at the 2013 Sea Games.

“I’m just a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed fall­ing short of the World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing mark of 16.80m. But I’m sat­is­fied with my per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in this hot con­di­tions.”

Hakimi said he is look­ing for higher-level com­pe­ti­tion in Europe or Kaza­khstan in an at­tempt to qual­ify for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive World Cham­pi­onships after making his world meet de­but in Bei­jing two years ago.

“The com­pe­ti­tion at the Sea Games is go­ing to be tough be­cause my ri­vals have been do­ing 16.70m or bet­ter,” said Hakimi, 26.

“So I’m look­ing for com­pe­ti­tions of higher stan­dard where the jumpers there can help to push me to do bet­ter.”

Iz­zud­din Yahya and Nor Aliyah Ab­dul Rah­man both com­pleted sprint dou­bles after win­ning the men’s and women’s 200m fi­nals re­spec­tively.

How­ever, Iz­zud­din ex­pressed re­gret at the ab­sences of Badrul Hisyam Manap and G. Aravinn The­varr, his ri­vals for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games slots, from the event.

“Badrul and Aravinn are the fastest 200m run­ners in the coun­try and I’m dis­ap­pointed they did not com­pete,” said Iz­zud­din, who won in 21.60 sec­onds with S. Kan­nathasan sec­ond in 22.03s.

“I ran well and fin­ished with­out in­jury. It’s my first com­pe­ti­tion in the sprints this year and I hope to do bet­ter next week­end in Perlis at the Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices Cham­pi­onships.”

Nor Aliyah, the Malaysian Schools Cham­pi­onships Un­der15 quadru­ple gold medal­list, put her se­niors in the shade again by win­ning in a per­sonal best of 24.81 sec­onds, ahead of Nor­ris Foo (25.84).

In other events, Syazwan Ah­mad won the men’s high jump with a 2.10m clear­ance while Sin­ga­pore’s Michelle Sng claimed the women’s high jump ti­tle with a new meet record of 1.75m.

PIC BY OS­MAN AD­NAN

Hakimi Is­mail made the sec­ond best jump of his ca­reer at the Se­lan­gor Open yes­ter­day.

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