KUALA LUMPUR: The 10-day training stint at Brunel University in London has done wonders for Mohd Ridzuan Mohd Puzi (pic).
The Perlis-born runner has shown steady progress when he clocked 25.21 seconds to finish fourth in the men’s T36 (cerebral palsy) 200m final at the World Para Athletics Championships at the Olympic Park Stadium in London on Monday.
At the last world para meet in Doha, Qatar, two years ago, he finished fifth in the 200m.
Australia’s James Turner broke his own world record by clocking 24.09 to win the 200m gold. He had set his previous mark of 24.15 in the heats last Sunday.
Poland’s Krysztof Ciuksza took silver in 25.04 and Brazil’s Rodrigo Parreira Da Silva the bronze in 25.19.
National head coach R. Jaganathan said in a telephone interview yesterday that he was impressed with the Ridzuan’s performance.
“He is slowly but surely making his mark in the 200m, which is not his pet event. He has shown improvement by finishing fourth,” he said.
Ridzuan, who will turn 30 on Sept 27, is now confident of retaining the 100m gold he won in Doha with a time of 12.08.
“The fourth placing in the 200m has boosted his confidence and he will surely go all out to retain the gold in the 100m, which is his favourite event,” said Jaganathan.
“The 10 days of intensive training at Brunel University (June 30-July 9) has boosted his performance.
“I’m confident Ridzuan will do his very best so that the Negara Ku will be played at the Olympic Park Stadium on Saturday.
Ridzuan is the favourite as he also holds the world record of 12.07, which he set at the Rio Paralympics en route to winning gold last September.
Mohamed Nasharuddin also featured in the men’s T20 (learning disability) 400m final on Monday and he clocked 50.69 to finish fifth.
Daniel Martins of Brazil clocked 47.66 to win gold and he also shattered his own championships record of 48.27 set in Doha two years ago.
Damian Carcelen of Ecuador (49.20) took silver and Spain’s Deliber Rodriguez Ramirez (49.48) settled for bronze.
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