Malaysia’s Khairul breaks 49-year old sprint record

Malaysian sprinter Khairul Hafiz Jantan broke his country’s oldest track record at the Malaysian Open on Tuesday, running 20.90s in winning the men’s 200m final.

The 19-year old’s time at the Bukit Jalil Satdium beat the 49-year-old 200m record of 20.92s set by the ‘flying doctor’ Mani Jegathesan at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

Melaka native Khairul also set a new meet record, beating the old fastest time of 20.94s set by Japan’s Kento Terada at the 1996 edition.

Khairul last year also broke the nation’s 100m record.

Jonathan Nyepa of Sarawak grabbed silver with a time of 21.29s while G Aravinn Thevar of Perak ran 21.31s to take bronze.

The teen is now a heavy favourite to win the sprint double at the upcoming SEA Games.

Speaking to reporters after his historic win Khairul said he would now focus on the games, which will be held at the same venue between Aug 19 and Aug 30.

“All praise to God for giving me the strength to break the National record,” said Khairul afterwards.

“I wish to thank my parents and coach for their support. This will give me extra confidence to do well in the SEA Games next month.”