KUALA LUMPUR – National and Southeast Asian sprint king Khairul Hafiz Jantan has fully recovered from an injury and is all set for the 2018 Commonwealth Games next month in Gold Coast, Australia.
Khairul Hafiz, 20, suffered a hamstring injury during the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 (KL 2017) and rested almost a month before resuming training in December.
“It’s important that I try to achieve my target and score the best time in this event,” he said when met by Bernama at the 2017 National Sports Awards yesterday.
Winning the gold medal in KL2017 and breaking the 49-year-old 200m national record of Tan Sri M. Jegathesan at the SEA Games Pre-Athletics Championship, allowed the Melaka runner to be shortlisted as a Sportsman of the Year candidate for 2017.
According to Khairul Hafiz, his focus in training was now geared towards enhancing stamina and acceleration.
Though aware he will face strong competition, especially from Jamaicans, Khairul Hafiz is optimistic of doing well.
“Indeed, Jamaica has the best sprinters, but I want to give the appropriate competition. My main goal is to create a new national record, “he said.
Meanwhile, his coach Mohd Poad Md Kassim said Khairul Hafiz had shown positive development in training and was improving significantly after recovering from his injury. – BERNAMA