KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Abdul Wafiy Roslan (pic) is eyeing a medal in the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu, Japan, next month after setting a personal best time of 21.24 in the men’s 200m at the Malaysian Open early this month.
The 19-year-old athlete from Terengganu is in high spirits after he upstaged national 200m record holder Khairul Hafiz Jantan to finish second at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Khairul, who holds the national 200m record of 20.90 which he set last year, clocked a slow time of 21.27 to finish third.
Jonathan Nyepa of Sarawak won the 200m gold with a personal best of 21.10.
Wafiy, who will be making his debut in the Asian Junior meet in Japan from June 7-10, said it felt great to beat Khairul in the Malaysian Open.
“Khairul is a good friend and also my training buddy at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) in Bandar Penawar.
“I could not have done it without the guidance of national coach Mohd Poad (Mohd Kassim), who is also Khairul’s coach,” said Wafiy.
“Winning the silver in the Malaysian Open has boosted my confidence level for the meet in Japan and I believe that I have a fighting chance of finishing on the podium.
“I just need to stay focused and train hard despite the fasting month. I need to clock 21.10 if I hope to be among the medallist in Japan.
“It will be tough but not impossible,” said Wafiy, who will also compete in the 4x100m and 4x400m in Japan.
A total of 17 athletes – 11 boys and six girls will feature in the meet.
Besides Wafiy, the other boys to feature in Japan are Muhd Haiqal Hanafi (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Muhd Zulfiqar Ismail (100m, 4x100m), Muhd Ilham Suhaimi (400m, 4x400m), Muhd Saiful Safwan Saifuddin (400m, 4x400m), Luqmanul Hakim Khairul Akmal (4x100m, 4x400m), Muhd Aiedel Saadon (4x100m, 4x400m), Benedict Ian Gawok (110m hurdles), Andre Anura (long jump), Farm Loong Deng (shot putt) and Ngu Ing Biao (discus and hammer).
The girls are Azreen Nabila Alias (100m), Zaimah Atifah Zainuddin (400m), Ngu Xia Jin (high jump), Grace Wong Xiu Mei (hammer), Nurul Fitriyana Abdul Rani (pole vault) and Puteri Nur Adillah (pole vault).