Malaysia's Irfan Shamsuddin smashes national discus record
16 December, 2013
Malaysia's Irfan Shamsudin in jubilation after clinching the gold for mens discus (photo by Lawrence Ang).
27th SEA Games 2013, Myanmar
Muhammad Irfan Shamsuddin was the surprise package in Athletics on Sunday morning at Wunna Theikdi Stadium, when he clinched the gold medal for men’s Discus throw, breaking the Malaysian national record in the process.
Irfan, an 18-year-old Universiti Malaya student, heaved a throw of 53.16 metres, shattering the previous national record which stood at 49.90 metres. Singapore’s James Wong came in fifth in the same competition, despite delivering a seasonal best of 50.82 metres.
In women’s Shot Put, Singaporeans Zhang Guirong and Du Xianhui swept gold and silver with Zhang achieving a 14.99m on her fifth out of six attempts, which kept her in the lead against strong competition. Teammate Du managed a 14.92m, while Thailand’s Sawitri Thongchao took home bronze with a putting distance of 14.82m.
Singapore’s Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma’en defied all odds in the men’s Class F (70-75kg) to clinch the Gold medal for Silat. The 19-year-old defeated Vietnam's world champion Pham Van Ty in an eventful final on Sunday.
Team manager Sheik Alauddin was clearly a delighted man who believes there is more to come from Nur Alfian. He shared that he has hopes the youngster can one day be world champion.
Singapore's football team celebrates after scoring against Malaysia on Sunday (photo by Stanley Cheah).
In Group A football, Vietnam made light work of neighbours Laos, sweeping home to a comfortable 5-0 win to take home all three points. Vietnam has been thoroughly impressive at the 27th SEA Games football tournament, after similarly disposing of Brunei 7-0 in the tournament opener.
Despite the wins, they will have to bag maximum points against defending champions Malaysia in their final Group A match, after Singapore qualified for the semi-finals with a 1-1 draw against Malaysia in Sunday afternoon’s causeway derby. Malaysia will need to avoid defeat in order to progress to the last four as group winners.
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