Muhammad Hazriq - Cik Mat Kilau: A Rising Star in Malaysian Athletics
BY: Michelle Liew
In the realm of Malaysian athletics, a new star is on the horizon as young runner Muhammad Hazriq a.k.a. Cik Mat Kilau aims to follow in the illustrious footsteps of the country's 110-meter hurdler, Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian. Hazriq, a determined athlete hailing from Johor, is not only eyeing success on the national stage but has set his sights on making Malaysia proud on the international arena.
Fresh from his remarkable performance at the Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championships in Bangkok, Muhammad Hazriq has already begun etching his name in the annals of Malaysian sports history. At just 17 years old, he not only clinched the gold in the men's 110m hurdles event but also shattered the championship record with an impressive time of 13.44 seconds. This victory not only marked his emergence but also signaled a turning point in his promising career.
Muhammad Hazriq, a student at the Tun Hussein Onn National Secondary School and Johor State Sports School, is not content with just domestic success. Expressing his ambitions, he stated, "Previously Rayzam shined; this time it's my turn to shine." His determination to shine on the international stage is palpable, and he is resolute about getting on the podium at every tournament he participates in.
Hazriq has set his sights on the World Junior Athletics Championships in Peru next year and has laid down a clear mission. He aims to secure his slot by recording an impressive time of 14.20 seconds at the 2023 SAECA-BJSS Innotex Open Athletics Championships. With confidence in his coach and the training program, Hazriq envisions a faster time of 13.9 seconds at Innotex, with a firm focus on reaching the final at the world championship.
Hazriq's commitment to national pride is evident not only in his words but also in his actions. His outstanding performance in the 110m hurdles and the 4x100m relay at the SEA Youth Athletics Championship contributed significantly to the Malaysian contingent's success. Alongside his individual gold, he played a crucial role in securing gold for the national men's 4x100m quartet, showcasing his versatility and team spirit.
Muhammad Hazriq is undeniably a rising star in Malaysian athletics, poised to carry the torch of success on the international stage. As he sets his sights on the World Junior Athletics Championships and beyond, Hazriq's journey is one that not only inspires hope but also instills a sense of pride in the hearts of Malaysians. With his talent, determination, and passion, Hazriq is well on his way to making a lasting mark in the world of sports, and the nation eagerly awaits his continued success.