“The recent achievements of three Malaysian marathon runners who competed at the recently concluded Tokyo Marathon yesterday. Leo Tan, who is the current unofficial holder of the national record which he posted in last year’s Tokyo Marathon, smashed his own time by almost three minutes to finish in a blistering 2:25:28, which unofficially is the fastest time ever set by a Malaysian in the full marathon.
Muhaizar Mohamad, three-time consecutive winner of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) and winner of Malaysia’s first medal in the SEA Games in 44 years, also bettered his previous best recorded at the SEA Games and the previous national mark to post 2:27:21, despite it being his first race overseas and having to run in almost freezing temperatures. Muhaizar is currently managed by Dirigo Events, owner and organizer of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.
The third Malaysian, Nik Fakaruddin, who is Muhaizar’s training partner, managed to shave off an astonishing 10 mins from his previous personal best to record a 2:30:51 finish, which would have been good enough to earn him a bronze at last year’s SEA Games. All three will renew their rivalry when they compete at SCKLM2018, which takes place on 8 April.
Leo Tan has returned to Taiwan where he is currently based but Muhaizar Mohamad and Nik Fakaruddin, will be returning from Tokyo..”