Vision KL takes a look at some of the top contenders in Malaysia’s KL2017 contingent – keep an eye out for these sporting stars as they give it their all this month.Need For Speed Khairul Hafiz Jantan Sport: Athletics – 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m Born: 22 July 1998 Gold – Asian Junior Athletics Championships; Gold – ASEAN School Games; Gold – Thailand Open Track and Field Championships. The 18-year-old Melakan sprinter shot to fame recently when he smashed the 200m record held for 49 years by Tan Sri Dr M. Jegathesan, shaving two hundredths of a second off the time. His achievements have been coming fast and furious as he also dashed to victory in the Thailand Open Track and Field Championships where he beat a number of highly ranked Thai nationals.
100m Gold in Thailand It was an exciting moment for Malaysia when Khairul Hafiz Jantan finished in first place at the Thailand Open Track and Field Championships held in Bangkok earlier this week.The 18-year-old Melakan sprinter clocked in with a season-best time of 10.31 seconds, which although less than his national record of 10.18 seconds, is still quite the achievement as he was struggling in form for the past few months. The results proved to be his best so far this year. National coach Mohd Poad Mohd Kassim was pleased to see Khairul beating two Thai nationals to the gold, including 2013 SEA Games gold medalist Jirapong Meenapra, who finished at 10.48 seconds. “Khairul’s two-week training stint in Baguio, Philippines, recently certainly helped him to regain his form and confidence,” he said. Currently, Khairul is bidding for a place in this year’s SEA Games KL2017. Jantan is the current 100m and 200m national record holder and now has his sights set on three gold medals at KL2017: the 100m, 200m and the 4 x 100m events. If his blistering recent track record is anything to go by, he’ll be the one to watch as he starts out of the blocks this month.
SEA Games KL2017 Athletics When: 19-26 August 2017 Where: National Stadium, KL Sport City, Bukit Jalil GPS: Get Directions