Ir­fan does it again

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Shamshud­din had barely had time to re­flect on his record-break­ing feat when he re­newed his na­tional dis­cus record for a sec­ond time in three days on Tues­day.

Af­ter be­com­ing the first South­east Asian man to throw the dis­cus above 60 me­tres on Sun­day, Ir­fan set a new mark of 61.56m at a meet in Turnov in the Czech Repub­lic.

His lat­est ef­fort bet­tered the 61.10m mark he reg­is­tered in Halle, Ger­many which broke the South­east Asian record of 59.87m held by Sin­ga­pore’s James Wong since 1999.

“It was good over­all,” said Ir­fan, 22, of his record-break­ing per­for­mances. “I be­lieve I can do bet­ter. More to come.”

Ir­fan’s dis­play makes him a heavy favourite to win a third con­sec­u­tive dis­cus gold medal at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust.

He could also fea­ture among the medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta with his new per­sonal best bet­ter­ing the bronze medal mark of the 2014 edi­tion in In­cheon.

Mean­while, Nazri Mustafa de­liv­ered Malaysia’s first-ever gold medal at the Asian Youth Cham­pi­onships which ended in Bangkok on Tues­day.

Nazri posted a per­sonal best of 15.05m with his fi­nal ef­fort to win the boys’ triple jump gold ahead of sec­ond-placed Huang Haq-Wen of Tai­wan (14.78m).

Malaysia also won three sil­ver medals and one bronze to im­prove on the two­bronze haul at the in­au­gu­ral meet in Doha two years ago.

Na­tional record holder Grace Wong won sil­ver in the girls ham­mer with a 59.00m throw while Aiedel Saadon just missed out on gold in the boys’ 100m fi­nal when he clocked 10.80 sec­onds to trail In­dia’s Gurindervir Singh by 0.03s.

Il­ham Suhaimi was the other ath­lete to win sil­ver af­ter tim­ing a per­sonal best 48.16s in the boys’ 400m fi­nal which was won by In­done­sia’s Ifan Anu­grah Se­ti­awan in a new meet record of 47.47.

Ngu Ing Bao won bronze in the boys’ dis­cus with a 52.48m ef­fort to com­plete a suc­cess­ful out­ing for the young Malaysian ath­letes. Devin­der Singh

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