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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 4:40:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 4:43:03 PM

50’s the mark for Irfan at SEA Games

Discus thrower Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin has broken the national record three times this year and is ready to win a medal at the Myanmar SEA Games beginning Dec 11 in Nyapyitaw. - Filepic

Discus thrower Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin has broken the national record three times this year and is ready to win a medal at the Myanmar SEA Games beginning Dec 11 in Nyapyitaw. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Teenager discus thrower Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin is in the right frame of mind to win a medal in the Myanmar SEA Games.

The burly 18-year-old from Seremban has been improving steadily this year and broke his own national discus record for the third time in five months on Sunday.

Irfan, who only took up the event two years ago, set the new mark in the Brunei Open athletics championships with a hurl of 49.90m en route to winning the gold.

Irfan bettered his previous mark of 49.86m, which he did in the Selangor Open in September, by 4cm.

He first broke the national record with a throw of 49.81m in the Malaysian Closed in Bukit Jalil to erase the old mark of 49.33m set by Ngu Kit Min in 2006.

Irfan, who will be making his debut in the SEA Games, said that his new record in the Brunei Open has boosted his confidence of earning a podium finish in Myanmar.

“My mission in the SEA Games is to break the 50m barrier ... that’s something I’ve been trying to achieve in competitions this year. I’ll go all out to surpass the 50m mark and break my record for the fourth time,” said Irfan.

Slovakian coach Fero Petrovic, who has been training Irfan for the last two years, admitted that the teenager has been in smashing form the last five months.

“Irfan is a dedicated athlete and has a bright future,” said Petrovic. “He will face stiff competition in Myanmar but it will be good for him as it will push him to throw even further to be among the medallists.

“Although he has broken the record three times, I’ll only be happy if he can hurl it to more than 50m.”

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Myanmar, Nyapyitaw, Nyapidaw, discus, Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin

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