Khairul Hafiz eyes new na­tional sprint records

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

PU­TRA­JAYA: South East Asian sprint cham­pion Khairul Hafiz Jan­tan wants to break his own na­tional records in the 100m and 200m events next year.

He con­ceded there were many weak­nesses he had to over­come in order to re­new the na­tional records in the two events.

The 20-year-old is the holder of the na­tional records in the 100m and 200m events in 10.18sec and 20.9sec re­spec­tively.

‘’My per­sonal times are not con­sis­tent this year, and like in Ger­many prior to this, I recorded 10.28 sec­onds com­pared to my best time of 10.18 sec­onds, so there are much more that I need to im­prove on.

‘’If pos­si­ble, I want to im­prove on the times by re­duc­ing the gaps (with my records) or re­new­ing the times al­to­gether next year,’’ he said.

Khairul Hafiz, who is the am­bas­sador for Fraser and Neave (F&N) Hold­ings Ber­had, said this when met by Ber­nama af­ter at­tend­ing the 135th an­niver­sary of the com­pany at the IOI City Mall here on Fri­day.

Touch­ing on his over­all achieve­ment this sea­son, Khairul Hafiz ad­mit­ted he was a bit dis­ap­pointed af­ter fail­ing to achieve pos­i­tive re­sults in sev­eral cham­pi­onships in­clud­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia and the Asian Games in Jakarta-Palem­bang, In­done­sia.

He said the knee in­jury he sus­tained when par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games af­fected his per­for­mance and pre­vented him from achiev­ing bet­ter times.

“My achieve­ment is quite poor this year es­pe­cially in terms of con­fi­dence es­pe­cially with my nag­ging ham­string in­jury.

“I am still un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the Na­tional Sports In­sti­tute and it is show­ing signs of im­prove­ment,’’ said the Me­lak­aborn.

In a sep­a­rate devel­op­ment, Khairul Hafiz said he was still wait­ing for the re­turn of his coach, Mohd Poad Md Kas­sim, who was per­form­ing the um­rah (mi­nor haj), for his train­ing sched­ule and on the com­pe­ti­tions he would be tak­ing part in next year.

He, how­ever, did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2019 Malaysian Open Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship and the 23rd Asian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships. — Ber­nama

Khairul Hafiz Jan­tan talks dur­ing a pro­mo­tional event in Pu­tra­jaya. — Ber­nama photo

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