2010 Malaysian University Athletics Championship (MASUM) - HIGHLIGHTS

>> March 05, 2010

Jad Adrian of UPM had a night to remember after retained his gold medal in the men's 100 final of Malaysian university championship. He clocked a time of 10.94s, ahead of SEA Games representatives, Zabidi Ghazali (10.94s) and Latif Nyat (10.99s) at the race against a slight headwind -0.5.

UPM’s Karthik Jayamaran is in a great form heading the Malaysia Games (SUKMA) when he slashed the Asean University Record (AUG) 35:28.67s in the 10,000 with a new mark of 34:15.10s. Only half-recover from the 10,000m Karthik once again shows his best effort to break the 5000m meet record in 15:45.84s, short 14s from the AUG record but enough to ensure him to become the best male athlete of the championship.

Also in action was the national 400m record holder Zaiful Zainal Abidin of UPM. Zaiful displayed his dominance of the quarter miles event and winning the event at 49.48s, and adds on another gold in the relays 4x400m but didn't able to win the 200m, clocking 22.64s for silver. He was piped by UPSI’s Izuddin Yahaya (22.48) on the last metres.

Meanwhile UPM’s Yunus Lasaleh registered a personal best and finished first in the 800m in 1:57.14s. The achievement gives some hint a fast time would be achieved at the Malaysian games in May.

One of the best days of the championship performances in a long time in universities meet was UPM’s Adi Alifuddin, still in his great condition from the Asian Athletics Championship in Teheran a few days ago, threw 16.20m in shot put and eclipsing the Asean university record 16.03m.

Ahmad Firdaus Salim of UPM successfully defended his title in both men’s Long and Triple jump. Firdaus leapt 6.80m in the Long Jump, just 4cm further than a fellow Alzanizam (6.76m) but wins comfortably in the triple jump with a distance of 14.70m, almost a metre ahead of the silver medal winner.

Another record breaker at jumps was in the men’s high jump. UPM’s Najwan Aqra bettered the old height 1.95m to a new 2.02m. However, he failed in the three attempts to rewrite the AUG record, 2.10m.

UITM’s Azizi Fauzi and Muhammad Hazwan posted their best in the men’s 10,000 and 400m hurdles respectively. Azizi in his first appearance in the meet timed 54.40.9s to claim his first gold medal while Hazwan stopped the clock at 55.40s in the 400m hurdles to win gold.

In the women section, Norjannah Jamaluddin clinched the women sprints titles after 3 gold medals victories-  100m, 200m and 4x100m. The 23-year-old national sprinter of UPM took her first gold in the 100m by clocking 12.36s, then 200m (26.29s) and 4x100m relay. Teammed-up in the 4x400m in the other hand was ended up with bronze.

Nurul Fazila Rahman of UPM was in her top form and wins 2 Gold of middle distances. Her first gold came from the 800m with 2:38.31s on the first day. In the women’s 15-hundredth a day later she clocked a new championship record with 5:29.49s. She added bronze from the 4x400m.

UiTM’s Nurul Huda Adul Akhir scintillated the second day by a massive winning over the women’s javelin throw. Nurul Huda won by almost 15 metres with a distance of 42.12m, 9m further than the AUG record. Her effort is close to the 2011 SEA Games qualifying mark of 45.95m.

Meanwhile, UPM’s Siti Nurul Ain clinched gold in the women’s shot put with a championship new record of 12.43m. Silver went to Rahilah of UiTM with 12.05m effort while UMS’s Asong Joseph threw 9.58m for bronze.

Next, UPM’s Siti Zubaidah Adabi was the highlight in the third day morning in the long jump final. The distance of 5.40m gives her a solid win but fewer 3cm from the meet record. Siver and Bronze went to UTHM’s Shasha Nizam (5.13) and UiTM’s Nurrusliza Shukor (4.85m).

After that, Noor Amira Nafiah of UPM eclipsed the championship record in the women’s Triple Jump. The SEA Games representative boost a confident heading to the SUKMA by posting 11.84m to win gold medal in her first meet of this season.

All in all, University Putra Malaysia (UPM) topped the medal table with 22 gold, 26 silver and 6 bronze medals, ahead of University Technology Mara (UiTM) with 8-8-5 and University Education of Sultan Idris (UPSI) in the third overall with a haul 3-7-3.

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Photo credit: Ahmad A-Fai

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