BIRMINGHAM: It was a bittersweet ending for national para athlete Afiq Ali Hanafiah at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games here.
The Gold Coast 2018 bronze medallist finished fourth in the men’s 100m T11/T12 (physical impairment) event but smashed his own national record at the Alexander Stadium.
The 27-year-old sprinter, who has been suffering from visual impairment since he was two, clocked 11.10s to erase his previous national mark of 11.28s set at the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Ndodomzi Ntutu of South Africa won the race in 10.83s, followed by England’s Zachary Alexander Shaw (10.90s) and Namibia’s Ananias Shikongo (10.95s).
Meanwhile, national men’s discus thrower Irfan Shamsuddin finished ninth with a throw of 59.53m.
Australian Matthew Denny took gold with 67.26m, followed by England’s Lawrence Okoye (64.99m) and Jamaica’s Traves Smikle (64.58m).