Azeem finishes fifth in Niigata City

KUALA LUMPUR: Sprint sensation Azeem Fahmi finished fifth in the men's 200m final in the Athletic Challenge Cup in Niigata City, Japan, today with a time of 20.98 seconds.

Japan's Uzawa Toba won the gold in 20.60. Keigo Yasuda was second with 20.75s while Uemoto Naoki was third with 20.94.

The 18-year-old from Perak had earlier clocked 21 seconds to win heat one at the Denka Big Swan Stadium.

Azeem, who holds the national 100m record of 10.09, said he was happy overall with his performance.

"I set a target to dip below 21 seconds and I did well to clock 20.98 in the heats. In the final I did 21 seconds flat.

"I have consistently clocked below 21 seconds... four times in competitions this year," said Azeeem, who clocked 20.93 at the Sarawak Junior Open in July.

In the World Junior Championships in Cali, Colombia, in August, Azeem posted a personal best of 20.83 in the heats.

In the men's high jump, Eizlan Dahalan cleared the starting height of 2.10m to finish eight among 16 athletes. But the the 23-year-old Sabahan did not clear 2.13m in three attempts. He won a bronze in the Hanoi SEA Games in May with a personal best of 2.18m

Woman discus thrower Queenie Ting finished fifth among 10 athletes with a throw of 49.11m. She has a personal best of 52.36m recorded at the Hanoi Sea Games for silver.

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