It’s a 1-2 finish for Badrul, Khairul in Manila

KUALA LUMPUR: Badrul Hisyam Abdul Manap and Khairul Hafiz Jantan completed a 1-2 finish for Malaysia in the men’s 100m at the Philippines Open athletics championships in Manila.

Badrul clocked 10.39 to clinch the gold while Khairul clocked a personal best of 10.41 to bag the silver at the Philsports Track and Field Oval in Pasig City on Friday. Brandon Thomas of the Philippines finished third in 10.60.

The 19-year-old Badrul was delighted with his efforts despite being way off his personal best of 10.29.

“I am happy to win my first gold in an international meet. The gold will definitely boost my confidence for the domestic and international meets this season,” said Badrul.

“I am also relieved that the organisers used the electronic timing for the final,” said Badrul, who clocked a hand-timed 10.30 in the heats and 10.40 in the semi-finals on Friday.

Coach Mohd Poad Mohd Kassim was pleased with Badrul’s performance.

“Badrul came here to challenge Eric (Shauwn Gray, the Philippines national record holder and Singapore SEA Games gold medallist). Eric has a personal best of 10.25 but he pulled out without any reasons.

“The important thing is that Badrul won the gold,” said Poad.      

Malaysia also won a silver in the men’s 400m with Muhammad Azam Masri clocking a personal best of 46.90.

Filipino Edgardo Alejan Junior, the Singapore SEA Games bronze medallist, clocked 45.89 to emerge champion while compatriot Joan Caido bagged the bronze in 47.83.

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