Raja Nur­sheena shines for Malaysia

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HUR­DLER Raja Nur­sheena Raja Azhar came close to post­ing a new per­sonal best when she won a bronze medal at the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games in Baku, Azer­bai­jan on Thurs­day.

Raja Nur­sheena’s time of 13.85 sec­onds in the women’s 100m hur­dles fi­nal was only 0.02s off her per­sonal best set at the 2015 Perak Open as she opened Malaysia’s medal ac­count at the Games after 11 days of com­pe­ti­tion.

It was Raja Nur­sheena’s sec­ond bronze in suc­ces­sion after also plac­ing third at the last edi­tion in Palem­bang, In­done­sia four years ago, when Malaysia won a sil­ver and four bronze in ath­let­ics.

Raja Nur­sheena hopes the per­for­mance will boost her chances of win­ning a medal at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust after tak­ing bronze in 2013 in Naypyi­daw, Myan­mar.

“I am grate­ful for this medal which I did not ex­pect to get and it is due to the ef­fort and prayers of my fam­ily, friends and coach,” said Raja Nur­sheena, 25.

“The com­pe­ti­tion here was tough but I was only fo­cused on my own race. Now I can turn my at­ten­tion to the Sea Games and try to do my best there.”

Odile Ahouan­wanou won the fi­nal in 13.55s for Benin’s first ever gold medal while Turkey’s Nevin Yanit Baltaci clocked 13.71s to take sil­ver.

In other events, Ah­mad Luth Hamizan clocked a sea­son’s best of 9:08.22s to fin­ish sev­enth of seven run­ners in the men’s 3,000m steeple­chase while Asian ju­nior cham­pion Riz­zua Haizad Muhamad timed 14.59s to place fourth in the men’s 110m hur­dles fi­nal, miss­ing out on the podium by 0.39s.

Savin­der Kaur clocked 2.12.88s in the women’s 800m heats but failed to make the fi­nal while Yap Sean Yee cleared 1.70m for sixth place in the women’s high jump. Devin­der Singh

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.