PETALING JAYA: Decathlete Malik Tobias has rewritten his own national record.
Malik, who is one of the four Malaysians on a six-month training and competition stint in Germany since March, broke the record in his first competition there the Bernhausen Open on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Malik chalked up 7,095 points to erase his old mark of 6, 989, which he set at the 1999 Brunei SEA Games.
Malik, who is training at the Halle Sports Academy under German coach Wolfgang Kuechne, recorded 11.11 for the 100m; 52.64 (400m), 14.83 (110m hurdles), 5:43.28 1,500m), 40.28m (discus), 1.94m (high jump), 7.00m (long jump), 52.21m (javelin), 4.50m (pole vault) and 14.23m (shot putt).
His efforts also earned him a place in the team for the Asian Track and Field (ATF) in Manila in September and the Vietnam SEA Games in December. The qualifying marks are 6,710 (ATF) and 6,332 (SEA Games).
The Universiti Putra Malaysia student has a personal best of 7,007, which he set during a seven-month stint in Halle last year.
But the mark could not be ratified as a national record because it was done at a non-sanctioned meet.
Kuechne said in a telephone interview from Halle: It was only his first competition and he did well to break the national record. I am happy with his commitment in training and he will improve further.
Malik will continue training here and he is expected to compete in the World University Games in South Korea in August.
Three other Malaysians are training in Leipzig. They are Mohamed Zaiful Zainal Abidin (400m), Moh Siew Wei (100m hurdles) and Noraseela Khalid (400m hurdles).
Noraseela rewrote her own national record in the 400m hurdles in the Zeuleuroda Open on May 31 with a time of 58.64. Her old record was 58.70, which she set to win the gold medal at the 1999 SEA Games.
Her efforts also earned her a place in the team for the ATF and the Vietnam SEA Games, which have qualifying marks of 59.85 and 58.93 respectively.
Mohd Zaiful and Siew Wei failed to better their national records of 46.41 and 13.39 respectively in the Zeuleuroda Open.