A SENIOR from school encouraged Kamal Farhan Abdul Rahman to take up shot putt due to his physique seven years ago.
The 21-year-old Kamal can’t recall his senior’s name but he will be forever indebted to him after ending his first and last Malaysia Games (Sukma) outing with medals.
He delivered the first gold for Perlis in the men’s discus yesterday, adding on to the shot putt silver he won three days ago.
“I’m still young and eager to grow. This gold will surely spur me to push harder.”
The 1.90m tall athlete hurled a distance of of 48.08m for the gold in discus.
Sarawak’s Jonah Chang Rigan, who beat Kamal to the shot putt gold, had to settle for silver this time with 43.82m while Johor’s Tan Jing Cheng secured bronze with 41.25m.
“This gold is special because of my struggles the past few years. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic affected my training. Sukma was cancelled and there were no competitions.
“I was mentally affected but coach Gu Weiyang found ways to keep me motivated.” Before Sukma, Kamal participated in the Asean University Games in Thailand where he won gold in the shot putt and bronze in the discus throw. He even breached the 50m mark in discus for the first time with a throw of 50.92m.
The Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) physical education student has set his eyes on the SEA Games next year in Cambodia, with the hope of joining in the same league as the country’s best Irfan Shamsuddin.