KUALA LUMPUR: Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (pic) was the toast of the Malaysian team in the Asian junior athletics championships – clocking a personal best of 13.84 to win the 110m hurdles silver medal on the fourth and final day of the meet at the Macau Stadium yesterday.
The winner of the event was China’s Huang Hao, who clocked 13.64. Another Chinese hurdler, Yan Xu, took bronze in 13.99.
All three medallists bettered the meet record of 14.05, set by Shi Dongpeng of China in Brunei in 2001.
The 18-year-old Rayzam, a Form Five student of SMK Gunsang in Keningau, said in a telephone interview that he was not at all surprised that he set a personal best time in his first appearance in the meet.
“I improved on my personal best last month by clocking 14.17 in the MSSM (national schools) meet in Penang. And I was confident that I would improve on it here (Macau),” he said. “I am delighted to bag the silver. This is the best achievement of my career. I will go all out to bag gold and clock another personal best time in the Asean School meet in Chiang Mai next week.”
Rayzam was the silver medallist at the previous Asean School meet in Singapore last year.
No target was set for the 13 athletes, comprising seven boys and six girls, in the meet but the team will return with another silver and a bronze.
Sukma (Malaysia Games) gold medallist Noor Akma Abdul Fatah was the silver medallist in a three-competitor girls’ pole vault event on Monday.
The 18-year-old Selangor lass cleared 3.40m to finish behind Zhang Yingning of China, who cleared 4.20m. India’s Ruchi Tewari took bronze with a height of 3.00m.
Azizah Ibrahim was the bronze medallist in the girls’ 100m hurdles yesterday, clocking 14.59.