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Saturday September 21, 2013 MYT 11:14:45 PM
by shamshul fitri
The Malaysian 4x100m winning team (from left): Badrul Hisham Abd Manap, Mohd Azam Masri, Nirosh Kumar and Nixon Kennedy.
KUANTAN: Malaysia, powered by Nixon Kennedy, easily bagged the boys’ 4x100m gold medal in the Asian Schools Track and Field Championships at the Darul Makmur Stadium here on Saturday.
The quartet of Nixon, Badrul Hisham Abd Manap, Mohd Azam Masri and Nirosh Kumar clocked 41.14. Hong Kong took the silver medal in 42.55 while Sri Lanka settled for the bronze in 42.58.
Nixon, the 100m gold medallist, was pleased to win another gold.
“I was very focused before I took the baton. I didn’t realise that we had pulled quite far ahead of the others,” said Nixon, the anchor of the team.
Thirteen-year-old Grace Wong clinched the second gold of the day for Malaysia. She was a class above the rest in the hammer event as she took the gold medal with a distance of 47.75m.
Compatriot Bibi Nuraishah Ishak could only manage 29.86m for the silver while Indian Sapna Burman took the bronze with her 16.60m effort.
Grace was surprised to win the gold.
“I didn’t expect it to be so easy. I recorded 43.15m in my first throw and I didn’t expect to lead by such a margin, let alone win it.
“From then on, I just kept doing my best because I wanted to beat my personal best of 48m,” said Grace, who won a silver in the discus on Friday,
In the boys’ 110m hurdles final, Malaysia’s Muhd Ammar Zakuan Zanuar ran out of gas in the final few metres. He had to settle for the silver with his time of 14.59. Thanawut Nunchan of Thailand clocked 14.47 to take the gold while Fung Kin Lok of Hong Kong was third in 14.64.
There was also disappointment for Siti Nur Afiqah Abd Razak in the girls’ 400m. She relinquished her lead with 50m to go and was placed second in 57.12. Thailand’s Thanphimon Kaeodi crossed the finish line in 56.86 to emerge champion. Thailand also grabbed the bronze through Sureewan Runan, who clocked 57.94.
Malaysia also picked up a silver and a bronze in the boys’ 400m.
Mohd Firdaus Kimleh was second in 49.21 behind the 48.30 clocked by gold medallist Jaturong Chimruang of Thailand. Kwong Kar Jun took the bronze in 49.34.
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athletics, Asian Schools Track and Field Championships, Nixon Kennedy, Grace Wong
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