Muhammad Noor Firdaus breaks new personal best twice in Asian meet

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

BRUNEI Darussalam’s national sprinter Muhammad Noor Firdaus Ar-Rasyid bin Haji Mohd Idris broke his personal best record twice in the men’s 100m of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

The short distance running specialist first accomplished a new personal best in his heat with a time of 10.61s before bettering the record in the subsequent semi-final stage with a time of 10.60s, just 0.01 shy of the national record held by Mohammad Fakhri bin Ismail.

The national sprinter qualified to the semi-finals of the Asian level competition after emerging as one of the qualifiers in a competitive heat alongside Bahrain’s Andrew Fisher, Qatar’s Tosin Joseph Ogunode and Iran’s Hassan Taftian.

Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu cemented his billing as a heavy favourite with a gold medal after clocking a time of 10.10s. Running him close in the final was second-placed Indonesia’s rising star Muhammad Lalu Zohri whose time of 10.13s is a new national time. Wu Zhiqiang of China settled for bronze with a personal best of 10.18s.

Muhammad Noor Firdaus also clocked a time of 21.54s in the 200m heats yesterday, a discipline where he bagged the silver medal in the 81st Singapore Open Track & Field Championships last month.

He has been allocated in the fourth heat where his personal best currently stands at 21.39s.

Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu (C) competes during the 100m event at the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. – ASIAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS