Faiz among 10 athletes bound for Germany


By AFTAR SINGH

PETALING JAYA: Hurdler Mohd Faiz Mohamed, who won a silver and two bronze medals in the Asian Athletics Grand Prix recently, is among 10 athletes who have been selected for a month-long training-cum-competition stint in Germany. 

The five men and five women athletes will leave for Leipzig on June 29 and will join three other national athletes – Mohamed Zaiful Zainal Abidin (400m), Moh Siew Wei (100m hurdles) and Noraseela Khalid (400m hurdles) – who left for Germany in March for a similar six-months stint. 

The other athletes named for the second programme are veteran Loo Kum Zee (high jump), Mohd Hazuan Zainal Abidin (long jump), Mohd Syahrul Amri (long jump), Robani Hassan (110m hurdles), Norashikin Abdul Rahman (100m and 200m), Roslinda Samsu (pole vault), Jasmaniah Osman (pole vault), Ngew Sin Mei (long jump) and Siti Shahida Abdullah (hammer). 

Of the 10, five athletes have qualified for SEA Games in December. Besides Faiz, they are Kum Zee, Mohd Syahrul, Roslinda and Siti Shahida. 

The 20-year-old Faiz from Negri Sembilan competed in the men's 110m hurdles in four circuits of Asian Grand Prix - Hyderabad, Colombo, Bangkok and Manila. 

In Hyderabad, he finished fourth with a time of 14.53. In Colombo, Faiz won the silver with a time of 14.43. 

He took home a bronze each from Bangkok and Manila with a time of 14.35 and 14.15 respectively. He set a personal best time in Manila, which earned him a place in the Vietnam SEA Games by beating the qualifying mark of 14.22. 

Faiz, a clerk with Telekom in Seremban, said he was happy to be picked for the trip to Germany. 

“I am really excited as this is the first time I am going for an overseas training stint. I have done well in the Asian Grand Prix with a silver, two bronzes and a personal best. 

“Besides training, I will also compete in three to four meets with some of the best hurdlers in Germany. I hope to better my personal best,'' said Faiz, who finished seventh in the Busan Asian Games last October. 

The 22-year-old Siti of Pahang rewrote her own national record with a throw of 49.79m in the women's hammer event in the Selangor Open last week. 

Three coaches – Dharmika Chua, Russian Yuri Sotnikov and Germany's Jorg Teichmann – will leave for Germany on June 29 with the 10 athletes and the squad are expected to return on July 28.  

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