Afiq Ali Hanafiah is thrilled to make his first international appearance in an able-bodied competition later this month at the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships.

The 25-year-old started the year with a bang by clinching a gold medal in the men’s 100m T12 (visual impairment) event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai last month with a time of 11.48s.

Despite being slower than his national record of 11.20s set at the Commonwealth Games last April, it met the year-end's World Para Athletics Championships qualifying mark of 11.90s, allowing to seal his spot at the world meet for the first time.



Following his double success in Dubai, the 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist said he hoped to continue his good form in Singapore despite the tough challenge.

"I have competed with able-bodied athletes before but those have only been at the national level.

"It will be a new experience for me to compete with athletes from around the world.

"It will also be good for my preparation for the upcoming world championship," he told Astro Arena.

However, Afiq, who missed last year's Asian Para Games due to a knee injury, assured that he would not push himself too hard.

"Right now I have been very careful in training.

"This year there are many key competitions, so it is important for me to maintain my condition," he added.