Azlan battles fatigue to rewrite his own 400m hurdles record


PETALING JAYA: Terengganu’s Abdul Azlan Samsuddin overcame fatigue to rewrite his own Under-18 400m hurdles record in the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) athletics championships at the MBPJ Stadium here yesterday.

The third day of the championships also saw three more meet records shattered. The record-breakers were Terengganu’s Norisah Kassim in the girls’ Under-18 400m hurdles, Mohd Baihaqi Razlan of Kelantan in the boys’ Under-15 200m hurdles and Sarawak’s Jacky Wong Siew Cheer in the boys’ Under-18 hammer.

Azlan achieved his feat in dramatic fashion. The Terengganu lad collapsed on the track after hitting the tape first in 53.62, erasing his own mark of 54.45 set at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil last year.

He suffered cramps in both legs and had to be stretchered out. He also vomited a few times.

Terengganu’s pride: Abdul Azlan Samsuddin crossing the line to win theUnder-18 400m hurdles gold.

The Form Five student of SM Paka in Dungun said: “I wasn’t feeling well in the morning.

“But I still competed as I wanted to retain the title. I was exhausted after winning the heats in the morning. In the final, I gave it my best and I was surprised that I managed to rewrite my record.”

Eldy Sham Irlon of Sabah clocked 55.13 for the silver while Kelantan’s Mohd Hafizuddin Ismail took the bronze in 55.98.

Azlan, who is trained by former Olympian Ishtiaq Mubarak, won the gold medal in the Asean schools championships in Jakarta last year.

Norisah retained her girls’ Under-18 400m hurdles gold by clocking 62.50, eclipsing the 63.29 set by Wong Oi Lan of Kuala Lumpur in 2003.

Fellow Terengganu hurdler Norisah Kassim also set a meet record in the girls’ event. – KAMAL SELLEHUDDIN / The Star

Norisah credited the win and record, to her coach Kamarulzaman Yusuf.

In the boys’ Under-15 200m hurdles final, Baihaqi pipped favourite Mohd Ajmal Aiman Mat Hassan of Terengganu to hit the tape in 25.66, beating the old mark of 25.92 set by Mohd Rosmady Kamaruzaman of Kelantan in 2003.

Ajmal, who broke the 110m hurdles record on Thursday, took the silver in 25.67. Perak’s Mohd Herwan Shah Ramli bagged the bronze in 26.34.

Baihaqi was delighted to have beaten Ajmal to the gold and improved on his personal best by more than two seconds.

“I never expected to break the record as I only managed to clock 27.99 in the state schools meet in Kota Baru recently. This is my best achievement as it is only my second appearance in the MSSM meet,” said Baihaqi.

The last record of the day came from Jacky in the boys’ Under-18 hammer event at the National Sports Council (NSC) training pitch in Bukit Jalil.

His throw of 49.29m was almost 2m better than the previous record of 47.45m set by Sarawak’s Freddy Rusin in 2006.

His team-mate Yek Chu Hao (40.99m) took the silver and Selangor’s Shahrin Salamat (38.30m) the bronze.

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