KUALA LUMPUR: Seven sprinters have qualified on merit for the men's 100m event in the Korat SEA Games in December, although only the best two will be named after a special trial in November.
The sprinters who made the qualifying mark of 10.52, which is the silver medal effort of the Manila SEA Games, are Mohd Noor Imran Hadi, Mohd Latif Nyat, Danial Azuan Amar Nand, Mohd Zabidi Ghazali, Zabidi Ahmad Mohd Asyraf Afendi and Mohd Arif Naim.
Johor's Noor Imran clocked 10.41 in the heats of the National Closed championships in Kangar last week, which was the fastest time by a Malaysian this year.
He was crowned the country's top sprinter after winning the gold with a time of 10.62 in the National Closed.
The Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) coaching and development committee chairman Karim Ibrahim said that this was the first time in the history of the SEA Games that so many sprinters have beaten the mark.
"However, only the best two will be named for the 100m event after a special trial in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 17 and 18.
"The sprinters have qualified in different competitions and places and best way to name the two will be by having a trail," said Karim.
Karim said that the top two sprinters at that trial would be named for the Korat Games 100m event, while the next four would be registered for the 4x100m relay team.
The 4x100m team qualified for the SEA Games by beating the qualifying mark of 40.55 with an effort of 40.52 at the Taiwan Open in June.