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by shamshul fitri
Nixon Kennedy (centre) won the 100m gold medal at the Asian School Track and Field Championships, clocking a personal best of 10.64.
KUANTAN: Sprinter Nixon Kennedy bade goodbye to athletics in style – by winning the gold medal in the boys’ 100m final at the Asian School Track and Field Championships here.
The 18-year-old Sarawakian will be joining the national track cycling team, under coach John Beasley, following his success in the talent transfer identification programme which began last December.
In the 100m final on Thursday, Nixon blazed to a personal best of 10.64 to take the gold medal ahead of Thailand’s Pooriphat Kaijun (10.84) and China’s Tang Zi Xian (10.85) .
“It was a sweet victory for me as I will be focusing on cycling after this. Initially, I was slated to join the cycling training camp in March but coach John respected my current coach’s (Ithnin Mahadi) target for me to win here,” said Nixon, who also bagged a bronze in javelin.
“I have no regrets switching to cycling because I want to go further in sports ... up to the Olympics if I can. This is not to say that athletics is not good but, with my small built, it would be very difficult.”
Nixon was one of four athletes who delivered gold medals for Malaysia on the opening day of the meet.
Raphael Asun grabbed a gold for Malaysia on the opening day with a 55.35m effort in the boys’ javelin. Sri Lanka’s R. Nuwan Kumara (51.25m) took silver and Nixon (42.98m) the bronze.
“It was a surprise victory for me as I had to use the 800gm javelin as opposed to the 700gm that I’m used to,” said Raphael.
“I only trained with the 700gm javelin and this was the first time I used the heavier and longer javelin.”
Girls’ long jump favourite Noor Shahidatun Nadia Mohd Zuki comprehensively took the gold medal with a 6.07m leap.
However, it wasn’t enough for her to qualify for the Myanmar SEA Games as the qualifying mark is 6.47m.
Sri Lanka’s S.L. Sarangi Silva (5.63m) took the silver while India’s Jenimol Joy (5.58m) of India settled for the bronze.
Mohd Afizfirdaus Kamaruzaman bagged Malaysia’s fourth gold medal of the day after clocking 51:22.33 in the boys’ 10,000m walk.
His compatriot, Mior Mohd Amirul Mohd Sahak (51:25.47), took silver and Sri Lanka’s K.M.D.P. Koolasurya (53:58.24) the bronze.
In the boys’ 5,000m final, Malaysia’s S. Sivamani was just a 100m away from victory when it was snatched away by Sri Lanka’s W.B.M Samaraweera.
The Sri Lankan won in 16:32.21. Sivamani settled for silver in 16:38.03 while compatriot Amirul Hakim Johari took the bronze in 18:09.21.
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