2023 World Athletics Championships: Muhammad Azeem qualifies for 100m heats in style

2023 World Athletics Championships: Muhammad Azeem qualifies for 100m heats in style

KUALA LUMPUR: National sprint champion Muhammad Azeem Mohd Fahmi qualified for the first round of the 100m event at the 2023 World Athletics Championships after winning the qualifying round in Budapest, Hungary, today.

In the race at the National Sports Centre, Muhammad Azeem, who ran in lane three of heat two, did not face much resistance to finish first with a time of 10.24s.

Brandon Jones of Belize came in second, clocking 10.94s and joined Muhammad Azeem for the next round.

Muhammad Azeem’s time of 10.24s was the fastest for the qualifying round followed by Guyana’s Emanuel Archibald who ran in heat one (10.27s) and Gambia’s Ebrahima Camara in heat four (10.32s).

A total of 10 runners from the qualifying round have advanced to the first round which is scheduled to take place at about 1.40 am Malaysian time on Aug 20.

Muhammad Azeem who made his first appearance at the World Championships this year is the 100m national record holder with a time of 10.09s set at the Under-20 World Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia, in August last year.

The 19-year-old Perakian’s best time this season was 10.11s recorded in the United States in May. – Bernama

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