AAA goes long for record

  • Athletics
  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

Stretch: Andre Anura Anuar in action during the men’s long jump at the New Clark City Athletics Arena yesterday.

NATIONAL long jumper Andre Anura Anuar missed out on gold by just 0.01m, but he couldn’t keep the smile off his face. The silver medallist has become the first Malaysian to break the 8m mark, jumping to a distance of 8.02m at the New Clark City Athletics Arena.

The 21-year-old’s silver medal jump also broke Josbert Tinus’ 12-year-old national record of 7.88m set during the 2007 Thailand Open in Bangkok.

The gold was taken by Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Sapwaturrahman who also set a new Games record with his jump of 8.03m. Thailand’s Singkhon Suttisak came in third with a jump of 7.89.

It was a massive result for the Malaysian youngster who is taking part in his first SEA Games.

“I really felt confident that I could break the record because, before this, I jumped to 7.90m (at the Berwang Open Athletics Championship in Kota Kinabalu last month) but it was not considered as a national record because of a tailwind,” said Andre.

“So even though I missed out on the gold by a whisker, I am still satisfied because I met my target which was to break my personal best.”

“But yes, I’m definitely ecstatic and overjoyed at this result.”

He added that he could have broken the record in his first two jumps if he had not gone over the tipping board.

“I think I can improve and focus more on my run-up because my first two jumps were cancelled.

“This gives me a lot of motivation to get better.”

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