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APG 2017: More reasons to jump for joy as Suhairi claims silver

22 September 2017
Matthew Mohan/AFP-Services

Team Singapore's Suhairi Suhani was a happy man after clinching silver in the men's long jump T20 final on Friday but he wasn't just smiling because of his medal.

The 20-year-old jumped a personal best of 6.85m to finish behind Malaysia's Abdul Latif Romly, who registered 7.41m.

Malaysia's Zulkifly Abdullah claimed bronze with a jump of 6.51m.

Suhairi APG 2017 Long JumpLeap of faith: Team Singapore's Suhairi Suhani takes flight. Photo: Sport Singapore

"I did two things -- to stand on the podium and achieve my personal best at these Games," said a pleased Suhairi.

"I'm so happy. My coaches are also happy of my performance today."

"I put on a very good show and a good fight with Latif." Malaysian Latif is also the current Paralympics champion, having jumped a whopping 7.60m last year in Rio. This is Suhairi's second medal at the Games, having also finished with silver in the 2015 Games in Singapore.

Suhairi APG 2017 Long Jump20-year-old Suhairi Suhani jumped a personal best of 6.85m to finish behind Malaysia's Abdul Latif Romly and take silver. Photo: Sport Singapore

And just as in 2015, there was a familiar face cheering him on at the Bukit Jalil stadium. The tears flowed freely for Madam Subahariah Ponidi as she rushed down to embrace her son after his final jump.

"My mother needed to spend money to travel here," said Suhairi. "I love my mother and my family. They took the time to come here, took an off day from work to cheer me on so I'm very grateful."

"My mom gave me more confidence because I know that I can believe in my mum and my mum has always supported me behind the scenes.

Suhairi APG 2017 Long JumpTeam Singapore's Suhairi applauds after his jump, and has paid tribute to his mother who has been an ardent supporter on his journey. Photo: Sport Singapore

"These are the two times my mother will see me on the podium, so she will be crying non-stop. She said to me that she didn't sleep the night before this."

With a bright future in the sport ahead of him, Suhairi is confident of moving on to bigger and better things -- breaking the 7m mark for one. "I'm looking forward to the next medal," he revealed. "Hopefully, next year I get stronger, come back strong and my coach also said "definitely let's go, we can do it."

Tags: Major Games

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