RAYZAM BREAKS SEA GAMES RECORD, MISSES GOLD MEDAL BY .09 SECONDS

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PALEMBANG, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- Despite being able to break the SEA Games

record, Malaysian rookie hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian has missed out on the

gold medal in the men''s 110m hurdles by only .09 seconds at the 26th edition of

the games at the Jakabaring Stadium here today.

Rayzam, who clocked 13.86s to break the SEA Games record of 13.89s, had to

settle for silver when Thailand''s hurdler Jamras Rittidet created a new SEA

Games record with 13.77s and hence, bagged the gold medal.

"I had a good start but at the fifth and sixth hurdles, I was like bouncing

off the track. I tried to make it up at the seventh and eighth hurdles, but the

Thai hurdler was just too fast," he told the Malaysian media after the event.

The Sabah-born hurdler could not hide his disappointment for not being able

to contribute a gold medal for the country.

"I was hoping to win back the gold medal for Malaysia this year after

failing to compete in the event in Laos two years ago due to injuries. I''m sorry

I did not succeed," said the hurdler who won the gold medal in the event at the

SEA Games in Korat, Thailand in 2007.

-- MORE

SEA-ATHLETICS 2 (LAST) PALEMBANG

Another Malaysian hurdler, Mohd Robani Hassan, won the bronze medal in the

event after clocking 14.14s.

Meanwhile, in the men''s 1500m event, national sprinter Mohd Jironi Ridzuan

managed to increase speed in the last 50m to win the bronze medal after clocking

3:49.27.

Host''s sprinter Hariyanto Edi bagged the gold medal by clocking 3:47.63,

while Mervin Guate from Phillipine took the silver with a time of 3:47.65.

-- BERNAMA

AHS RV NHA

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