Raja Nursheena shines for Malaysia
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