Malaysians show promise leading to SEA Games: Randhawa 2.20m

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2017 SEA Games Host Malaysia showed promise. This year the traditional Perak Open better known as the Malaysia Close. This also served as the National Championships and part of Malaysia’s evaluation to select its SEA Games team,

With a lot of the best Malaysian’s based in training and competing in South Africa. The remainder of the locals still proved very strong.

One of the strongest performances came Nauraj Singh Randhawa in the Mens High Jump. Malaysia’s National Record Holder Nauraj Singh Randhawa (2.29m) took the win in 2.20m . Randhawa is ranked 18th= in the world as of April 1. And had been competing a lot in Australia. Norshaffie Mohd Shah was second in 2.12m. Randhawa is the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games Champion. And plans to make it the third time in a row in 2017 when Kuala Lumpur hosts the SEA Games.

Norris Foo

Another strong contender in the Womens 100m. 18 year old Norris Foo clocked 11.72 (-1.0) in the heats. Which is the fastest wind legal time for 2017 so far. The time hardly comes as a surprise for Foo who has been slowly moving up the ranks of Malaysian women sprinting. Having clocked 11.87 as a 14 year old!.

Just last month Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifili (4th in 2015 SEA Games) timed 11.36 (2.5), along with Shally Komalam 11.65, and Siti Mohammad 11.68 in that same race in Pretoria. Which shows the Malaysians will also have a strong 4×100. The Duo is expected to challenge 2015 SEA Games Champion Kayla Anise Richardson (now 19) of the Philippines who has been running very well and continuing to break National Records in the 400m.

With most of the major male sprinters in South Africa. Aqil Yasmin won narrowly over Nixson Kennedy 10.63 to 10.64. Khairul Jantan has the fastest time by a Malaysian for this year with 10.39 (-0.2), Jantan best is 10.18, and Jonathan Nyepa has also ran 10.61.

After a stunning loss to upcoming Filipino Harry Diones. SEA Games Champion Hakimi Ismail took a win in the Triple Jump in 15.93m.

In the Mens Long Jump Luqman Hakim Bin Ramlan leapt 7.62m, this ranks him in 2017 only behind Tyler Ruiz of the Philippines who leapt 7.78m at Sam Diego last month.

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