Athletics Legend Ishtiaq Mubarak Dies at 65

>> August 09, 2013

It is sad to learn that a Malaysian great and legend AHMAD ISHTIAQ MUBARAK (b. 16 Feb 1948) passed away today (9 August 2013). TheStar reported that his death was after a fall at his home in Hulu Kelang Selangor, around 9.55 A.M. He was 65 years old.

The 110m hurdler has competed in three Olympics, Cd Mexico 1968 (14.3s), Munchen 1972 (14.78s), Montreal 1976 (14.27, & 14.21 in SF), and won numerous medals in SEA and Asian level including in 1966 and 1974 Asian Games where he won 110mh Bronze and Silver medals respectively. At Asian Track and Field or ATF (now Asian Championship), he won two Silver medals from editions of 1973 (14.3s)  and 1975 (14.4s). He participated in two Commonwealth Games, Christchurch 1974, and Edmonton 1978. He also with Malaysian team to the first World Cup in athletics in Dusseldorf GER in 1977. In SEA Games (SEAP before 1975), he won four Gold medals from 1969 (14.6s), 1971 (14.4s), 1973 (14.6s), & 1977 (14.46s).

His 110mh best 14.08s which has stood as NR for 15 years (broken by Nur Herman Majid in 1991) was recorded in Furth GER in June 1976. He also recorded a hand-timed best 13.8s two weeks earlier in Schwetzingen.

OCM wrote, "Ishtiaq Mubarak survived a near-fatal car accident on 13 October 1970, which took him over nine months of guts and determination to recover and to make a successful come-back to Athletics".

In 2002, he was inducted into the Olympic Council of Malaysia Hall of Fame.

Southeast Asian ALL-TIME Rankings as of today:

13.73 (+1.6) Nur Herman Majid MAS 1994
13.77 (+0.7) Jamras Rittidet THA 2011
13.81 (+0.2) Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian MAS 2012
13.85 (-----) Mohd Robani Hassan MAS 2008
13.90 (+0.3) Suphan Wongsriphuck THA 2008
14.00 (-0.3) Mohd Faiz Mohammad MAS 2007
14.03 (+1.0) Narongdech Janjai THA 2003
14.08 (+0.2) Ahmad Ishtiaq Mobarak MAS 1976
14.11 ( -1.3) Edy Jakariya INA 2004
14.17 (+1.5) Eric Cray PHI 2013

better manual-timing
13.7 (-0.7) Edy Jakariya INA 2012
13.8 (-----) Ahmad Ishtiaq Mobarak MAS 1976
13.9 (+0.3) Mohd Ajmal Aiman Hassan MAS 2012

...rest in peace, Al-Fatihah...


Ishtiaq Mubarak (left) during training with teammates

Ishtiaq clocked 14.46 in SEAP Games, to beat Burmese Itpone Myint

Ishtiaq (right) with Jegathesan (at his right) and teammates in 1976 Olympics

Article by Jad Adrian, ATFS statistician
All photos by Malaysian Thestar

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