Hurdler Rayzam going for another double next year
KUALA LUMPUR: Nineteen-year-old hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sufian is on the fast track to success.
The Sabah athlete won the gold in the National Closed in Kangar in September with a personal best time of 14.15 in the men’s 110m hurdles to qualify for the Korat SEA Games.
Rayzam then made a golden debut in Korat, breaking the Games record with a blistering run of 13.91. Thailand’s Suphan Wongsriphuck set the previous mark of 13.92 in Hanoi in 2003. In Korat, Suphan won the silver in 13.95 and Mohd Faiz Mohd, the other Malaysian representative, took the bronze in 14.00.
And now the Keningau hurdler wants to make an attempt to shatter the national record and qualify for next year’s Beijing Olympics.
The national record is 13.73 set by Nur Herman Majid in the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games. And the qualifying mark for the Olympics is 13.55 under category A and 13.72 for category B.
Said Rayzam: “It has been a dream year for me. But I hope to do better next year.
“I managed to achieve a double in Korat by winning the gold and shattering the Games record. Now I hope to achieve another double next year – by setting a new national record and also to qualify for the Olympics.”
Rayzam added that his fine form this year was because of a one-month training stint in Bulgaria.
“I hope to go for another training stint in Europe next year. By training with top hurdlers from Europe and with stiff competitions, I am confident of a better showing next year,” said Rayzam, who has been training in Kota Kinabalu under coach Raymie Bakar for the last six years.
Rayzam also attributed his success to training under Raymie.
“Raymie has helped me to improve on my techniques and speed. I am happy to train under him,” said Rayzam, who won the silver in the Asian Junior Championships in Macau last year.
Mohd Robani Hassan, the country’s top 110m hurdler, who skipped the Korat Games because of hamstring injury, said that he was happy with Rayzam’s steady progress.
“He is going to be the country’s next top hurdler. He definitely will push me to train much harder to improve on my personal best and qualify for the Olympics,” said Robani, who has just recovered from his injury.