Athletics: National athletes under par on the final day in Kangar

Adi Alifuddin Hussin twisted his ankle on the eve of competition day, but still managed to finish with a silver medal in shot putt.

KANGAR: National athletes Adi Alifuddin Hussin and Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian did not perform as expected as they settled for the silver medals on the final day of the 91st Malaysia Open Athletics Championships at the Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium in Kangar.

Adi, who holds the 17.76m men’s shot putt national record, blamed a freak accident on Thursday for his poor show in Kangar.

The 26-year-old Adi, who represented the Armed Forces, could only muster a best effort of 16.34m to finish second behind Thailand’s top draw Thawat Khachin, who won the gold with a 16.62m effort.

“Unfortunately, I slipped and twisted my ankle last night. I did not expect much today as I was performing with pain and I am satisfied to finish with a silver,” said Adi, who had earlier planned to post a 17m-plus result to qualify for next June’s SEA Games.

Despite coming into the tournament with high hopes, Rayzam was also forced to play second fiddle in the men’s 110m hurdles.

The 26-year-old Sabahan, who holds a 13.84 seconds national record in the event, crossed the finish line in 14.24 seconds.

Rayzam was pipped to the gold medal by Sri Lanka’s Supun Vijarajrandeniya, who was given a 14.22 seconds finishing time.

“This is not one of my best performances. My confidence level is still low as I have not competed in many tournaments since returning from an injury layoff,” said Rayzam.

“I should get my rhythm back after running in another two or three competitions. I can easily beat the Sri Lankan hurdler when I am in form.” The Armed Forces relay teams swept the gold medals in both the 4x400m men’s and women’s events.

The men’s quartet of Ananth Poopathy, Harmizi Arobi, Azri Kadir and S.

Kannathasan swept to victory in 3:16.59, ahead of Kedah (3:16.83) and Sabah (3:25.72).

The Armed Forces women’s team comprising Nur Farahana Musa, S. Komalam Shelly, Herma Nurul Ain Yusof and Nurul Faizah Asma won the gold in 3:57.14, with Perak (4:03.24) and Police (4:37.88) winning the silver and bronze respectively.

The only meet record to be broken on the final yesterday was in the men’s 200m. Japanese Kanto Terada completed his Malaysia Open sprint double victory after winning the 200m race in 20.94.

He erased the 14-year-old previous record of 20.98 set by Thailand’s Sittichai Suwonprateep in 2000.

Penang’s Zaidatul Husna Zullkifli made up for the disappointment of missing out on the 100m gold on Wednesday by winning the 200m race.

The national sprinter clocked 24.39 to finish ahead of Armed Forces’ Komalam Shelly (25.38) and Singapore’s Kugapriya Chandran (25.65).

There was double joy for Police’s Nor Amelia Musa, who added the women’s 1500m gold to her earlier victory in the 5000m event.

Her double feat led her to be named the best female athlete of the competition.

The best male athlete award was won by Mohd Firdaus Musa, who won the 400m hurdles gold on Thursday.

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