SEA Games: Sprinter Harith baffled with exclusion


KUALA LUMPUR: With barely less than a week to the SEA Games, sprinter Harith Ammar Mohd Sobri is feeling downcast.

Two years ago, the teenager from Terengganu made a memorable debut in the Myanmar SEA Games by winning an unexpected silver in the men’s 200m with a personal best time of 21.46.

But for the Singapore Games, 21-year-old Harith will only feature in the 4x100m event despite winning the sprint double at the Perak Open last week.

Harith clocked 10.50 and 21.54 in the 100m and 200m respectively.

Harith, who went to Australia for an eight-week training-cum competition stint in February, said he is devastated.

“I believe I should be competing in the 200m as I have experience running in the event. Furthermore, I won the silver in Myanmar two years ago,” said Harith, who won a silver in the event at the Malaysian Open in March.

“I also beat Mohd Izzuddin (Yahaya) in the Perak Open to win the event with a personal best time of 21.54,”

And Harith added that he finds it strange that he has been selected to feature in the 100m at the Asian Track and Field (ATF) championships in Wuhan, China from June 3-7.

School teacher Mohd Izzuddin of Perlis, who bagged the sprint double in the Malaysian Open, will feature in both the 100m and 200m in Singapore.

The other sprinter to compete in the 200m is Games debutant G. Arvinn Thevarr while Sarawak’s Nixson Kennedy, 20, will feature in the 100m.

Harith is however hopeful he will be included in the 200m during the team managers’ meeting on June 5, four days before the track and field event starts in Singapore.

“Otherwise, it will be blow as I have been training hard for the event,” said Harith, who will be leaving for Wuhan on Monday.

Harith will compete in the 100m on Wednesday and return the next day for the SEA Games.

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