Ammar sets track on fire with new mark


Track queens: Nur Arisya Nabila (centre) won the 1,500m gold while Johor’s Siti Nor Insyirah (right) took silver and Kelantan’s Siti Zainab settled for the bronze on Saturday. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Mohd Ammar Aiman Nor Azmi again felt the need ... the need for speed as he set the track alight on the final day of the Para Sukma (Malaysia Games).

The 20-year-old Johorean, competing in the T20 (intellectual impairment) category, took gold with a record-breaking 2:01.91 in the 800m and erased the old mark of 2:04.27 at the National Sports Council Training Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

“It’s a great feeling and it’s nice to win two golds this time. I hope to keep growing and one day compete for Malaysia on the biggest international stage,” he said.

Silver went to Perlis’ Mohd Haqeem Mustaqim (2:03.01) while Sarawak’s Mohd Asyraaf Razali took the bronze (2:03.98).

On Friday, Ammar rewrote the 400m record by clocking 49.94 to erase the old mark of 50.51.

Ammar also competed in the long jump but failed to make it on the podium.

Another Johor athlete, Siti Nor Insyirah Mohd Ariffin, also won the T20 women’s 800m gold with a new Games record of 2:48.93.

Silver went to Perlis’ Nur Arisya Nabila Adi Fazril (2:53.10) and Kelantan’s Siti Zainab Haron settled for bronze (3:04.32).

Sabah were crowned overall champions in athletics with 30 golds, 18 silvers and 17 bronzes followed by Sarawak (20-16-17) and Johor (17-16-12).

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