Muhammad Azeem Mohd Fahmi finished fifth in the men’s 200-meter event at the Athletic Challenge Cup in Niigata City to end the 2022 season.
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Muhammad Azeem Mohd Fahmi, the 20th Malaysian Games (Sukma) sprint king, finished fifth in the men’s 200-meter race in the Athletic Challenge Cup in Japan today to conclude the 2022 season.
At the Denka Big Swan Stadium in Niiagata, the 18-year-old Perak national youth sprint athlete set a new sub-21 second (s) record of 20.98s.
With a personal best time of 20.83 seconds, he won the 200-meter preliminary heat at the World Under-20 Athletics Championship in Cali, Colombia, last August, setting his fourth under-21 record of the year.
I am satisfied with the performance displayed and the time recorded by Azeem here, after recording 21s in the semi-final. Despite finishing the competition in fifth place, the important thing is consistency. After this he will prepare to continue his studies in the United Statessaid his coach, Muhammad Amir Izwan Tan Abdullah, when contacted in Niigata.
Meanwhile, Japanese sprinters dominated the podium in the race, with Uzawa Toba taking gold with a time of 20.60 seconds, followed by Keigo Yasuda (20.75 seconds) and Uemoto Naoki (20.75 seconds) (20.94s).
Muhammad Azeem won the 100m event in the Sukma Games at Bukit Jali National Stadium two weeks ago in 10.25 seconds and placed second in the 200m event in 21.03 seconds, after winner Muhammad Arsyad Md Saat from Johor in 21.02 seconds.
According to Malay Mail, the 18-year-old runner broke the record of 10.18 seconds set by former South-East Asian sprint champion Khairul Hafiz Jantan at the 2016 Malaysian Games (Sukma) in Kuching, Sarawak.