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Three cheers for Irfan


Impressive feat: Muhd Irfan Shamsuddin (left) posing for a photograph with coach Fero Petrovic after breaking the national discus record in Linz, Austria, on Thursday.

Impressive feat: Muhd Irfan Shamsuddin (left) posing for a photograph with coach Fero Petrovic after breaking the national discus record in Linz, Austria, on Thursday.

KUALA LUMPUR: National discus thrower Muhd Irfan Sham­suddin must really love competing in Europe.

The 22-year-old, who left for Europe on May 6 for a 53-day training-cum-competition stint, has just broken the national discus record a third time in five days.

Last year, he broke his national record three times in six weeks during a similar stint in Europe.

His latest feat came at the Union Leichtathletik Gala in Linz, Austria, on Thursday, when he hurled the discus to a new mark of 62.55m for the silver medal – erasing his previous record of 61.55m set in the Turnov, the Czech Republic, on Tuesday.

Last Sunday, he had recorded an effort of 61.10m in the Under-23 Hallesche Werfertage Champion­ships in Halle, Germany. It erased his old mark of 59.29m set in the Slovak Clubs Championships in Samorin, Slovakia, last June.

Nine athletes took part in the Linz meet and Austrian Likas Weisshaidinger won gold with a throw of 65.35m. Croatian Roland Varda took bronze with 58.65m.

Irfan, who broke the record with his second throw, was thrilled to bits with his efforts in Linz.

“It’s a dream come true to shatter my own record three times in five days. I don’t think any other Malaysian athlete has ever achieved what I did in Europe,” said Irfan, who is now ranked in the top 10 in Asia.

“I’m in the form of my life and it has boosted my confidence to further improve my personal best in competitions in Europe.

“I must thank my coach Fero (Petrovic of Slovakia) for helping me rewrite my own record in three competitions in five days,” said the two-time SEA Games gold medallist.

Meanwhile, national men’s 110m hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian clocked a season best 13.85 to win silver in the Zeulenroda Championships in Germany on Thursday.

Erik Balnuwet of Germany won in 13.63 while his compatriot Julian Marquet finished third in 13.93.

   

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