(File pix) Khairul believes he is capable of beating the highly favoured Filipino-American, who bagged two gold at the 2015 edition. Pix by Hairul Anuar Rahim

KHAIRUL Hafiz Jantan is ready to take on Philippines’ much vaunted Eric Cray for the sprint king title at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games which officially kicks off on Saturday.

Khairul believes he is capable of beating the highly favoured Filipino-American, who bagged two gold at the 2015 edition.

"I am ready for him, I do not feel pressured by his presence,” said Khairul, who was named as a Suunto (watch) brand ambassador today.

“He won two years ago but it is not impossible for me to win this time,” added Khairul, who aims to end Malaysia’s and end a 14-year gold drought for Malaysia in the blue ribbon event.

"I have had a lot of international exposure recently and my training has gone well. I am definitely ready but I still hope that all Malaysians will pray for my success.

"I promise I will do my best to repay the faith everyone has shown in me, including Suunto. It gives me added motivation to run faster times.”

Khairul's 100m metre national record of 10.18s, set at the Sarawak Malaysia Games last year, sees him as the fastest man in Southeast Asia at the moment. Cray clocked 10.25s en route to the gold in Singapore.

Meanwhile, Universal Fitness and Leisure (UFL) - distributor of the Suunto brand - announced a RM4,500 reward to Khairul for breaking the national 200m record.

UFL will also reward Khairul with RM2,000 if he is able to win the 100m gold at KL2017 and an additional RM1,000 if he breaks the national record.

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