Malaysia puts the responsibility of keeping “gold” on the young runner Muhammad Azeem Fahmi
Muhammad Arsyad Md Saat has been selected as the faces responsible for defending the SEA Games No. 1 position in Malaysia’s sprint content at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games, replacing Russel Alexander Nasir Taib.
Russel Alexander Nasir Taib was previously selected based on his best performance this year at the tournament in Brisbane (Australia). He currently holds the national record in the 200m run (20.77 seconds), and has a personal time of 10.42 seconds in the 100m event at the 2019 SEA Games. However, the Athletics Federation of Malaysia (KOM) Just received information via email, informing that Russel Alexander, currently in Australia, has a soft tissue injury and will not be able to recover in time to attend the 31st SEA Games. KOM was forced to choose Muhammad Azeem instead of Russel Alexander to attend the content. Run the men’s 100m, and Muhammad Arsyad (19 years old) will “carry” the responsibility in the 200m content.
“The selection is made based on the current performance, this is the best individual performance in the nearest tournament before the SEA Games. For the sprint content, the competition is very high, so the opportunities are wide open, depending on the actual competition situation and the efforts of the athletes on the match day,” said coach Mohd Manshahar Abdul Jalil.
Malaysia dominated the sprint events in the last 2 consecutive SEA Games with Khairul Hafiz Jantan (10.38 seconds) in Kuala Lumpur 2017 and Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi (10.35 seconds) in the Philippines in 2019 Malaysia’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Ahmad Faizal Azumu, also believes that the national athletics team will be the “gold mine” of the country’s sports delegation and will bring home five gold medals at the 31st SEA Games.
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