Khairul Hafiz breaks Watson Nyambek’s 100m national record

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Khairul Hafiz Jantan has officially written his name in the history books after breaking Watson Nyambek’s national 100 metres sprint record of 10.30s with an incredible time of 10.19s.

The Malacca-born sprinter finished in first place ahead of the likes of Sarawak’s Jonathan Nyepa (10.36s) and national hero Badrul Hisyam Abdul Manap (10.36s), who came in second and third place respectively, at the 18th edition of the SUKMA Games in Sarawak.

The SEA Games 100 metres record is 10.17 seconds, whereas 2015 SEA Games 100 metres winner Eric Cray of Philippines managed to clock in a time of 10.25 seconds.

The gold medal win meant that Khairul Hafiz’s home state of Malacca have 9 gold medals.

The name ‘Khairul Hafiz’ first became the talk of the town when the 18 year-old runner won Malaysia’s first ever gold medal for the 100 metres sprint event with a time of 10.36 seconds at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam last month.

He also won the 100 metres event at the Phillipines Open, finishing ahead of Badrul Hisyam.