A long time coming, but long jump gold well worth it for Andre


ANDRE Anura Anuar (pic) finally struck gold in long jump at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in his third attempt, after weeks of pondering his future as he had simply lost motivation.

The 23-year-old from Sabah came out tops after clearing a distance of 7.40m at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday after enduring a difficult period following his flop at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July.

Terengganu’s Mohd Shahrizal Nasharuddin Isham took silver with 7.25m while Andre’s teammate Mohd Sunik Muslimin was third with 7.24m.

In Birmingham, Andre failed to register a legal jump in his first three attempts in the triple jump final at the Alexander Stadium.

He admitted that he was lost for words and wondered what had happened to his chirpy self since the failure but yesterday’s gold has erased his self-doubt.

“I’ve taken part in three Sukma editions, and this is my first gold in long Jump. Surprising, isn’t it?” said Andre, who won the triple jump gold at the 2018 edition in Perak.

“But I’m glad that I have come out of my crisis in confidence.

“After Birmingham, it was one of my toughest periods as I couldn’t accept what I did.

“I was in my room, staring at the ceiling, wondering what went wrong. I guess the pressure got to me. The Commonwealth Games was really different, it wasn’t like SEA Games. I just told myself to just enjoy Sukma, and everything will fall into place. I will target the triple jump next.”

Andre is the national record holder for the long jump with a distance of 8.02m and as for the triple jump, his personal best is 16.51m, which he recorded en route to winning the SEA Games gold this year in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Sukma will be his last assignment this year.

“I will use the rest of the months to prepare for next year’s Asian Games, SEA Games, Asean University Games and several other Open tournaments.

“I will fully focus on triple jump after this. Hopefully I will break the national record for the triple jump (Hakimi Ismail is the current record holder with 16.77m).

“This year, I had my ups and downs, but those lessons have taught me well.”

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100m: 1. Mohd Azeem Fahmi (Prk) 10.25s, 2. Mohd Arsyad Saat (Joh) 10.46s, 3. Mohd Haiqal Hanafi (Nse) 10.50s.

400m: 1. Umar Osman (Joh) 47.66s, 2. Mohd Firdaus Mohd Zemi (Ter) 48.22s, 3. Luqmanul Hakim Khairul Akmal (Pah) 48.26s.

Long jump: 1. Andre Anura Anuar (Sab) 7.40m, 2. Mohd Shahrizal Nasharuddin Isham (Ter) 7.25m, 3. Mohd Sunik Muslimin (Sab) 7.24m.

Hammer throw: 1. Sadat Marzuqi Ajisan (Nse) 60.63m, 2. Jonah Chang Rigan (Swk) 50.56m, 3. Rizad Azri Che Radzi (Per) 46.17m.

3,000m steeplechase: 1. Mohd Ikbolasen Mohd Kamal Hussain (Pah) 9:15.240, 2. Daren James Nair (Sel) 9:31.480, 3. Lucas Wong Sie Hong (Swk) 9:42.440.

Decathlon: 1. Wilson Quaik Zhen Han (Pen) 6230 points, 2. Mohd Hadzmer Abdul Muhaimin (Sel) 5630 points, 3. Mohd Nadhir Mohd Nizam (Per) 5628 points.

n WOMEN100m: 1. Nor Sarah Adi (Pah) 11.91s, 2. Nur Aishah Rofina Aling (Sab) 12.08s, 3. Nur Afrina Batrisyia Mohd Rizal (Sel) 12.10s

400m: 1. Chelsea Cassiopea Evali Bopulas (Sab) 57.00s, 2. Nurul Aliah Maisarah Nor Azmi (Joh) 57.78s, 3. Zaimah Atifah Zainuddin (W.P) 58.85s.

3,000m steeplechase: 1. J. Puspa Letchumy (Joh) 11:52.580, 2. Esther Joy Chen Hong Li (Sel) 12:23.320, 3. S. Kothanaayagi (Nse) 12:48.730.

High jump: 1. Ngu Jia Xin (Prk) 1.70m, 2. Tuan Juliana Tuan Hassan (Ter) 1.65m, 3. Melissa Choong En Xuan (Pen) 1.60m.

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