Watson Nyambek, who was dethroned as national sprint king yesterday, believes that the stint in Poland helped Khairul Hafiz Jantan break the national 100 metres sprint record.
Malacca-born runner Khairul Hafiz strolled past Badrul Hisyam Abdul Manap and Jonathan Nyemba with a time of 10.18 seconds at the 18th edition of SUKMA Games in Sarawak.
During the World Junior Athletics Championship in Poland, Khairul Hafiz only managed to clock in a time of 10.44 seconds, but that did not stop him from pushing himself further.
“Khairul’s timing in Poland was not good enough,” Watson Nyambek said as quoted by Stadium Astro.
“However, he may have learned a few things from the likes of the world-class athletes.
Watson Nyambek had a feeling that Khairul Hafiz was meant for greatness after witnessing the 18-year old in the 100 metres semi-finals, which was a few hours before the final event.
“I knew Khairul and Badrul had it in them, but was surprised at Jonathan’s performance too.”
The legend that is Watson Nyambek was in smiles despite having his record taken away.