Pahang runner defies critics with quick time


KUALA LUMPUR: Former national sprinter Azmi Ibrahim broke the meet record in the men's 100m final with a 10.57 run on the first day of the Federal Territory Open at the National Stadium here yesterday. 

The 28-year-old Pahang sprinter was an easy winner. Earlier in the heats, he showed his mettle with a 10.71 run which beat the old mark of 10.73 set by Watson Nyambek of Sarawak in 2001. 

However, his effort yesterday was way off his personal best of 10.37. 

It was the only meet record on the first day of the meet. Chang Hon Chung representing the National Sports Council (NSC) clocked 10.95 to win the silver while national junior champion S. Narendran took the bronze in 10.99. 

STILL GOING STRONG: Sprinter Azmi Ibrahim of Pahang (second right) leaves the other competitors in his wake en route to winning the 100m title in a record time of 10.57 at the Federal Territory Open.

Azmi said his effort yesterday was an achievement as he clocked a better time than Vietnam SEA Games double gold medallist Nazmizam Mohamed, who has been given a wild card entry to the Athens Olympics in August. 

Nazmizan Mohamed clocked 10.58 during his training stint in Texas in May. 

“Nazmizan only managed 10.58 in Texas despite a three-month training stint in the United States. I trained on my own and can still clock a better time than the SEA Games 100m and 200m gold medallist,” said Azmi. 

However, Azmi is disappointed with the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) for now considering him for competitions overseas. 

“I clocked the fastest time this year among the national sprinters and should be given a chance to take part in international meets. I even have sponsors who are willing to finance my trip overseas for competition but MAAU are not considering me. 

“I am already 28 but I still love to run for Malaysia in international meets and I hope continue to improve my time in the Sabah Open next month (Aug 7-8),” said Azmi, the 200m silver medallist in the 2001 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. 

Azmi clocked 10.68 in the Pahang Open in April and last week he clocked 10.70 in the Selangor Open. 

Meanwhile, Ngew Sin Mei, who was unhappy with the NSC for cancelling her competition trip to Finland last week, won the women's long jump event easily.  

She made a leap of 6.00m, which was way off her national record of 6.20m. 

Siti Zubaidah representing MAAU-NSC bagged the silver with 5.34m while the bronze went to Bukit Jalil Sports School's Liew Hui Pen, who cleared 5.20m.  

RESULTS 

MEN 

100m: 1. Azmi Ibrahim (Pah) 10.57 (meet rec), 2. Chang Hon Chung (MAAU-NSC) 10.95, 3. S. Narendran (MAAU-NSC) 10.99. 

400m hurdles: Mohd Izwan (MAAU-NSC) 55.04, 2. Indra Yaman (Pol) 56.33, 3. Ahmad Zuraimi Abd Rahman (MAAU-NSC) 59.82. 

800m: 1. D. Jayakumar (Pol) 1:55.34, 2. A. Thairianathan (Pol) 1:56.85, 3. S. Chandru (Joh) 1:57.44. 

5,000m: 1. M. Arul Thevar (DBKL) 15:29.39, 2. U. Vicneswaran (TUDM) 16:06.56, 3. M. Arumugam (Maybank) 16:33.19. 

10,000m walk: 1. B. Thirukumaran (Maybank) 49:19.96, 2. M. Vadivelan (TUDM) 51:29.92, 3. R. Ravi (Pol) 57:37.76. 

4x100m: 1. Police 44.66, 2. SMK Miharja 45.20. 

Triple jump: 1. Mohd Firdaus Salim (MAAU-NSC) 14.71m, 2. Mohd Firdaus Yaakob (MAAU-NSC) 14.37m, 3. Mohd Faizal (TUDM) 13.79m. 

Javelin: 1. Bakri Kastollam (TLDM) 46.69m, 2. Mohd Faizal Rahman (Mal) 44.04m, 3. Jafri Khairul (Pol) 42.60m. 

WOMEN 

100m: 1. Norjanah Hafizan (MAAU-NSC) 13.36, 2. Normadiah Jaafar (TUDM) 13.62, 3. V. Mogana (SMK Miharja) 14.06.  

800m: 1. Khalijah Mohd (TUDM) 2:54.98, 2. Norazilah Osman (TUDM) 3:08.29, 3. Siti Azean (TUDM) 3:13.06. 

5,000m: 1. A. Amutha (DBKL) 19:53.10, 2. Emelia Jamil (Pol) 20:44.42, 3. S. Sanggeetha (Light Athletics Club) 20:46.01. 

4x100m: 1. SMK Miharja 55.52, 2. TUDM 61.24. 

High jump: 1. Chung Mai Fun (SMK Raja Ali) 1.50m. 

Long jump: 1. Ngew Sin Mei (MAAU-NSC) 6.00m, 2. Siti Zubaidah (MAAU-NSC) 5.34m, 3. Liew Hui Pen (SS Bukit Jalil) 5.20m. 

Shot putt: 1. Angelia Ling (Public Bank) 10.68m, 2. Rahimah Mohd (SMK Miharja) 6.87m, 3. Nurul Ain (SMK Miharja) 6.53m. 

Javelin: 1. Norhaslin Johan (TUDM) 24.70m, 2. Rahimah Mohd (SMK Miharja) 19.67m, 3. Norfariza Mohd (SMK Miharja) 18.14m. 

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