Universiade: Hakimi secures final berth, determined to remain grounded

Muhammad Hakimi Ismail hopes in winning a medal at the World University Games (Universiade) is still on tract after he qualified to the 12-man final.

Hakimi, who won the gold medal at the recent SEA games after he broke the SEA games record with a record of 16.76 meters, finished sixth after recording 15.96 meters. Russia’s Russia Dmitri Sorokin came first in the qualifiers with 16.74m.

But nevertheless, he feels that he could have had a better result if it wasn’t because of a minor problem.

“I could not achieve the perfect rhythm. As a matter of fact, the number at the back of my shirt came of, which consequently influenced my rhythm.” The 24-year-old said, as quoted by Harian Metro.

“I expect the final to be even tougher, But if I could reach the level as I did in Singapore (In the SEA Games), I might have the possibility to win a medal. However, I do not want to impose too high expectations. ” He explained.