Former top athlete Ishtiaq Mubarak dies at 65

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 — Former national athlete Ishtiaq Mubarak died at his home in Hulu Kelang this morning. He was 65.

His wife Shamimi Selvarani Abdullah said Ishtiaq died at 9.55am.

He also leaves two daughters.

Ishtiaq had won fame for the country at the SEA Games, Asian Games and the Olympics.

He first represented the country at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok where he won a bronze medal in the 110m hurdles, according to thesportsmuseum.blogspot.com.

Eight years later at the 1974 Asian Games, he won a silver medal. He proved his distinction in Asia by winning the silver medal at the Asian Track and Field Championship 1973 and 1975.

The hurdler represented the country at three consecutive Olympic Games — Mexico 1968, Munich 1972, and Montreal 1976. At the 1976 Games, Isthiaq was the only Malaysian to qualify for the semifinals, making him only the second Malaysian to do so at the Olympic, after M. Jegathesan in Tokyo 1964.

Ishtiaq won the 110m hurdles title at the SEA Games in 1969, 1971, (with new SEA Games record of 14.4sec), 1973 and 1977.

His national record for the 110m hurdles (14.08sec) stood for 15 years until it broken by Nur Haerman Majid.

Ishtiaq later became an athletics coach.

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