Hakimi misses medal de­spite good leap

The Star Malaysia - - SPORT - By TAN MING WAI

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Na­tional triple jumper Mohd Hakimi Is­mail de­serves a pat on the back de­spite miss­ing out on a podium fin­ish at the World Univer­sity Games ( Univer­si­ade) in Gwangju, South Korea.

The 24-year-old SEA Games cham­pion made his best leap of 16.59m on his fifth at­tempt to fin­ish a com­mend­able fourth at the Univer­si­ade Main Sta­dium yesterday.

Dmitrii Sorokin of Rus­sia won the gold medal with a per­sonal best jump of 17.29m.

Hugues Zango of Burk­ina Faso and China’s Xu Xi­ao­long both jumped 16.76m but the for­mer won the sil­ver while the lat­ter took bronze be­cause of dif­fer­ent level of wind re­sis­tance.

Hakimi’s mark was not far from his own SEA Games record of 16.76m, set in Sin­ga­pore last month.

But it’s cer­tainly good enough to put him on the right mind set ahead of the World Cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing from Aug 22-30, where he’ll be look­ing to beat the Rio De Janeiro’s Olympic qual­i­fy­ing mark of 16.90m.

Mean­while, in the men’s football, not even a 19th minute opener by Thamil Arasu could in­spire Malaysia as they fell 3-1 to Mexico in the 9th-16th clas­si­fi­ca­tion match.

The lead lasted barely five min­utes be­fore Luis Al­fredo Me­drano Vil­lanue lev­elled in the 24th minute and then Martin Rene Loya Her­nan­dez put Mexico in front at half-hour mark and they made it 3-1 from a penalty.

Malaysia face Canada in another play­off match to­day.

So far, Malaysia have won a bronze medal from the mixed team bad­minton event.

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