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Friday October 18, 2013 MYT 5:01:47 PM
by aftar singh
Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian is confident he can upstage Jamras Rittidet of Thailand for the second time in the Malaysian Open.
KUALA LUMPUR: Hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian will face his nemesis and two-time SEA Games gold medallist Jamras Rittidet of Thailand in the Malaysian Open Athletics Championships, which begin at the UM Arena, Universiti Malaya, on Saturday.
At the 2011 Palembang SEA Games, Jamras clocked 13.77 to break the men’s 110m hurdles record en route to winning the gold medal. Rayzam, from Keningau, Sabah, took the silver in 13.86.
In the Thailand Open in August, Rayzam upstaged Jamras to win the gold in 13.86.
The 25-year-old Rayzam, who featured in the World Championships in Moscow in August, is confident he can upstage Jamras for the second time in the Malaysian Open after winning the bronze medal in the third edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang last month.
Rayzam, who has a nine-month-old daughter, clocked 13.97 in Palembang.
“My mission in the Myanmar SEA Games (in December) is to win the gold medal and also be the top 110m hurdler in the region.
“I’m in good shape and will go all out to win my second gold in the SEA Games. I also want to prove that my win over Jamras in the Thailand Open was no fluke,” said Rayzam, who will be competing in his third SEA Games.
Rayzam made a golden debut in the 2007 Korat Games but did not compete in Laos two years later due to a hamstring injury.
Rayzam, who won a bronze in the third leg of the Asian Grand Prix in Colombo in May, said that he would also compete in two other events – 100m and 4x100m – at the Malaysian Open.
The other top athlete from Thailand to feature in the two-day meet is SEA Games heptathlon gold medallist Wassaa Winatho.
A total of 164 local and 94 foreign athletes from eight countries will feature in the two-day meet.
The Malaysian Open will be the last chance for national athletes to qualify for the Myanmar SEA Games.
To date, 15 athletes – 14 men and one woman – have qualified on merit.
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athletics, hurdles, hurdler, Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian, Jamras Rittidet, Malaysian Open Athletics Championships, SEA Games
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