Muhammad Arsyad has the ‘x-factor’ to shine in athletics – Coach


KUALA LUMPUR – Standing at 184cm tall, the possibility of Muhammad Arsyad Md Saat (picture) emerging as the country’s next sprint king looks very promising after winning the men’s 100m event of the Malaysia Athletics Grand Prix at the National Sports Council Mini Stadium in Bukit Jalil, last Saturday.

It was indeed a double joy for the 18-year-old Johorean athlete after he set a new personal best of 10.62s, compared to 10.70s which he recorded at the Malaysian Schools Sports Council meet in 2019.

Muhammad Arsyad’s victory created an upset for the national athlete from Sarawak, Jonathan Nyepa who only managed to secure the second spot with 10.70s while Muhammad Azeem Mohd Fahmi from Perak came in third with 10.85s.

According to Mohd Poad Md Kassim who has been coaching Muhammad Arsyad since 2019, the athlete’s lanky body was an advantage and the X-factor for him to excel in many more sprint events in the future.

“Muhammad Arsyad has great potential in terms of height compared to other athletes. I believe he can set new records in the future,” he said when met after the event, recently.

Commenting further, Mohd Puad admitted that he did not expect that the teen athlete could win the event and only aimed to set a new personal record at the tournament.

However, the hoped the student of Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School could maintain his momentum thus opening up his chance to at least be listed in the men’s 4x100m quartet to the SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in November.

Previously, Mohd Puad had coached two sprint kings to win gold medals in the blue riband event at two consecutive SEA Games, namely Khairul Hafiz Jantan at the Kuala Lumpur edition in 2017 and Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi in Manila, the Philippines in 2019.