National sprinter Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi (above) was crowned South East Asia’s “sprint king” after winning the gold in the men’s 100m final at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in Manila today.
The 20-year-old Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School student hit the tape with a time of 10.35 seconds to win the blue riband event, in the process defending Malaysia’s gold won by Khairul Hafiz Jantan on home soil in 2017.
Thailand sprinters Sowan Ruttanapon dan Chuangchai Bandit took the silver and bronze, recording 10.49 and 10.52 seconds respectively.
Meanwhile, national sprinter Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli could only manage a sixth place in the women’s 100 metres final with a time of 11.84 seconds.
The race was won by Vietnam’s Le Tu Chinh in 11.54 seconds, followed by host nation sprinter Kristina Marie Knott (11.55) and Singapore’s Shanti Veronica Pereira (11.66).