Athletics: Adi now sets sights on coach’s record

KUALA LUMPUR: Eighteen-year-old Adi Alifuddin Hussin (pic) has broken all the junior records in the shot putt event. Now, he is eyeing the national record. 

The burly Dungun athlete, who has broken the National Sports Schools Council (MSSM) and Sukma (Malaysia Games) records, said that his next mission is to break the national record currently held by his coach Mohd Nazar Abdul Rahman. 

Nazar set the mark of 16.67m during the Penang Open in 1995. 

Adi, who weighs a massive 138kg, said that he has hurled a distance of 16.10m in training and is confident of breaking the 11-year-old record before the Malaysian Open next year. 

“I have improved tremendously under coach Nazar and believe that I am on the right path to shatter the record.” 

The coach had earlier challenged Adi to break the junior record. Now that he has done it, Adi has thrown down the gauntlet to his coach. “I have told coach Nazar that I can break his record. Besides, I need to do it to earn a place for next year's SEA Games in Thailand,'' said Adi. 

The qualifying mark is 16.67m. 

Adi won the gold medal in the Malaysian Open in Penang in September with a distance of 15.13m. He broke the Sukma record with a throw of 15.11m in Alor Star on May 30, erasing coach Nazar's 14-year-old mark of 14.83m. 

He also broke the MSSM boys' Under-18 record a throw of 17.39m in Penang in June and erased his old mark of 16.34m. 

Adi is also a two-time Asean schools meets champion - in Sarawak in 2004 and last year in Singapore.  

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