KUALA LUMPUR: National sprinter Jonathan Nyepa is hoping that the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) will give him the chance to take part in the Asian Games in Indonesia this August after he performed admirably well at the Malaysia Open Athletics Championships last week.
Even though there is yet to be any decision on the selection of athletes that will represent the country in Indonesia, the 22-year-old sprinter from Sarawak is hoping to represent the country in sprint events at the 18th edition of the Games.
Nyepa said that he put his best efforts to perform at the Malaysia Open that was held at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, where he recorded a personal best time which allowed him to be faster than Southeast Asia’s fastest man, fellow national sprinter Khairul Hafiz Jantan in the 100m and 200m events.
“There has been no word yet with regards to participation at the Asian Games. If possible for sure I want to run at the Games but for now I cannot set a target but instead wait for a decision from MAF,” he said earlier today (Wednesday).
Speaking about his achievement in posting better timings and results compared to Khairul Hafiz, the Malaysia Games silver medalist said that he never expected to do so at the Malaysia Open.
“I was hoping to be faster than Khairul Hafiz one fine day, but I did not expect it to happen so soon at the Malaysia Open.
“Anyway, I was not at my best physical condition at the time because I was exhausted apart from the fact that the race had to be postponed for more than two hours behind schedule.
“At the time all I was thinking about was to improve on my personal best timing. I was not thinking about winning a medal or anything else,” said Nyepa, who will have to run and post a timing of 10.26s or better if he wants to qualify on merit for the 100m event at the Asian Games.
At the Malaysia Open, Nyepa excelled in the 200m event when he clocked 21.10s to better his personal best of 21.18s.
In the 100m, Nyepa won silver as he ran the blue ribbon event in a time of 10.40s, behind eventual winner Vinoj Suranjaya De Silva of Sri Lanka who clocked 10.27s