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Malaysia's Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (centre) clocked 14.06s to win silver in the 110m hurdles at the Malaysian Open athletic championship on Saturday. The STAR/ Shaari Chemat
KUALA LUMPUR: Five months of intensive training under China coach Gu Yuan has paid off handsomely for teenage hammer thrower Nur Fazira Jalaluddin.
She hurled a personal best of 52.19m in the women’s hammer event at the Malaysian Open Athletics Championships at Sport Arena, Universiti Malaya, on Saturday to qualify for the Myanmar SEA Games.
The 18-year-old Rawang girl’s effort surpassed the qualifying mark of 51.95m, which is the silver-medal mark of the 2011 Palembang Games.
Fazira even upstaged national champion Casier Renee Kelly Lee to win the silver medal.
Casier, of Sarawak, who has qualified for the SEA Games after hurling the hammer 52.50m in the KL Open in June, took the bronze with a throw of 51.13m yesterday.
Japan’s Takekawa Mika broke the 13-year-old meet record with a distance of 58.08m to win gold, erasing the previous mark of 57.88m set by K. Jebeshori Devi of India in Penang in 2000.
Fazira, who took up hammer five years ago, said that she could not even win a medal in the National Sports Championships (MSSM) in Kangar last year.
“I only managed fourth place but I’ve made so much progress after five months of tough training under coach Gu Yuan this year. I want to thank her for helping me improve on my technique and boosting my confidence,” said Fazira, who is doing a pre-university course at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
“I not only managed to improve my personal best by more than three metres but also qualified for my first SEA Games.
“I’m delighted with my effort and looking forward to a podium finish in Myanmar.
Fazira’s previous best was 48.84m, which she did at the Armed Forces Open in KL two weeks ago.
National sprinter Komalam Shally Selvaratnam had a disappointing outing in the women’s 100m final, clocking a poor time of 12.09 to finish fifth. Her time was way off her personal best of 11.82 and the SEA Games qualifying mark of 11.69.
Even national triple jumper Noor Amira Nafiah finished ahead of Komalam to finish fourth in 12.07.
Thail sprinters Neeranuch Klomdee (11.92) and Tassaporn Wannakit (12.03) made it a 1-2 finish while Singapore’s Veronica Shanti Pereira bagged the bronze in 12.05.
Thailand also won the men’s dash. Jirapong Meenapra clocked 10.37 to finish ahead of Singapore’s Amiruddin Jamal (10.46) and Thailand’s Ruttanapon Sowan (10.50).
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