Azmi-Nazmizan sprint showdown fizzles out


KUANTAN: The much-touted showdown between national sprinter Nazmizan Mohamad and veteran Azmi Ibrahim fizzled out at the Pahang Open Athletics Championships at the Darulmakmur Stadium yesterday when Azmi pulled out with muscle cramps. 

To add to the disappointment, Nazmizan posted a poor 10.44 in the 100m, a far cry from the 10.37 qualifying mark for the SEA Games in Vietnam.  

National hammer thrower Siti Shahidah Abdullah, however, lit up the day with a new meet record, hurling to 48.26m. It was also well off her national record of 52.01m. 

Nazmizan, who is from Terengganu, was representing National Sports Council. Selangor's Hamberi Mahat, representing Maybank, managed 10.72 for the silver while Mohd Shahrul Cik Kadir of Pahang was third on 10.77. 

Despite failing to meet the qualifying mark, Nazmizan said he was satisfied with his performance as it was his personal best time. He said the best he had done before yesterday was a 10.52. 

“I have another three meets in which improve my time,” he said. The three events are the National Athletics Championships, Sabah Open and Inter-Universities Championship in Korea.  

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