KUALA LUMPUR — Southeast Asian sprint king, Khairul Hafiz Jantan has failed to shine in the men’s 100m at the 2018 Malaysia Open Athletics Championship after finishing fifth in 10.64s at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, today.
The gold medal was garnered by Sri Lankan Vinoj Suranjaya De Silva who clocked 10.27s and rewrote the championship record while the silver and bronze medals went to national sprinters Jonathan Nyepa (10.40s) and Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi (10.58s) respectively.
Khairul Hafiz who was met by reporters after the event expressed his unhappiness and felt the final race should have been scrapped because the Sri Lanka sprinter had a false start.
“I am very angry and dissatisfied, But what to do, it was just not my day. I accept the results,” he said.
The 2017 SEA Games gold medalist said the situation affected his focus on the run.
“I started late as I thought the race has been cancelled but no, the runner (Sri Lanka) in the fifth lane has dashed away. I think the race officer missed what was very obvious,” he added. At the same time, in the women’s 100m, national sprint queen Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli representing the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) met the target by claiming the gold medal in 11.65s.
The silver medal was won by R.M Rumenshika Rathmayake of Sri Lanka with a time of 11.76s while another ATM sprinter S.Komalam Shally (11.91s) took the bronze.
In this regard, national women’s high jump record holder, Yap Sean Yee of ATM did not live up to her billing when she failed clear 1.66m to take the silver medal. Perak’s Ngu Jia Xian clinched the gold medal with a height of 1.71m which was her personal best while Nick Ezzany Sarawa Zulkarnain of Sarawak cleared 1.40m to take the bronze medal.
The championship which entered its 95th edition will come to a close on Sunday. — BERNAMA