No im­pact on re­lay team and 110m hur­dler de­spite change in sched­ule

New Straits Times - - Sport - DEVINDER SINGH

ACHANGE in the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games ath­let­ics sched­ule should have no im­pact on the men’s 4x100m team and hur­dler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian.

Due to a lack of en­tries, the heats for the re­lay event as well as the men’s 110m hur­dles have been scrapped.

As a re­sult, the fi­nals for both events which had orig­i­nally been sched­uled for the night ses­sions on Aug 25 and 26 re­spec­tively have been brought for­ward to the evening ses­sion in the re­vised timetable.

Sprints coach Poad Kas­sim said it does not mat­ter when the fi­nal is held as the con­di­tions would be the same for ev­ery team.

“I don’t think it will have any ef­fect on our run­ners, or even the other coun­tries,” said Poad when met at the Sea Games flag-hand­ing over cer­e­mony in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

“The boys are com­fort­able run­ning in the evening be­cause they also train at that time. I’m only sur­prised that the event has been sched­uled so early (at 3.45pm).”

With the heats scrapped, the re­lay team will only get to run once which means Poad will not have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­per­i­ment with the quar­tet.

Only one de­ci­sion re­mains to be made, whether Nix­son Kennedy or Haiqal Hanafi will be the sec­ond run­ner.

The sprint coaches had a test run in Bukit Jalil on Wed­nes­day but Poad said the results of the anal­y­sis of the ba­ton ex­change will only be known af­ter an­other test next week.

“We have not made a de­ci­sion yet be­tween Nix­son and Haiqal. We will prob­a­bly hold an­other test be­fore mak­ing the se­lec­tion,” he said.

Rayzam is also not con­cerned with hav­ing to run the fi­nal in the evening as he pre­pares to face off with Thai­land’s four-time gold medal­list Jam­ras Rit­tidet.

“It’s not a prob­lem for me, whether it is evening or night or who I am run­ning against,” said Rayzam, who is bid­ding to re­gain the gold medal he won in 2007. “If Jam­ras shows up, I’m ready to take him on.”

Other ath­letes who have to bat­tle for gold in the evening heat in­clude dis­cus thrower Ir­fan Shamshud­din, walker Lo Choon Sieng, ham­mer throw­ers Jackie Wong and Grace Wong and high jumper Nau­raj Singh Rand­hawa.

The men’s and women’s marathon will be held on Aug 19 be­fore the rest of the ath­let­ics pro­gramme be­gins three days later at the Na­tional Sta­dium.

Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian will face off against Thai­land’s four-time gold medal­list Jam­ras Rit­tidet to re­gain the gold medal he won in 2007.

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