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Friday September 20, 2013 MYT 8:28:00 PM
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by shamshul fitri
KUANTAN: Pole vaulter Muhd Afiq Ahmad Alham walked away from the field disappointed despite bagging a bronze medal at the Asian Schools Track and Field Championships here on Friday.
The 16-year-old Johorean, who has a personal best of 4.55m chalked at the Selangor Open last week, could only soar to a dismal 4.20m.
Prior to the Kuantan meet, Afiq also won a bronze medal at the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing last month, where he cleared 4.50m.
Thailand’s Porranot Purahong took the gold medal after clearing 5.00m while the Philippines’ Ernest John Obiena settled for silver with 4.90m.
Afiq said his preparations for his event were disrupted when the 4pm scheduled start, was pushed back an hour later.
“I started warming up at 2pm and it was really hot today. I felt a little bit tired when the event started because I had been warming up for a while,” he said.
However, Afiq said it was part of the learning process to help him become better as an athlete.
“I’m still young and there is so much time ahead of me. My success in Nanjing was a revelation but I’m far from my best.
“I plan to bounce back in the Malaysian Open next month and hopefully I can clear 4.60m for a new personal best.”
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