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The late Ishtiaq Mubarak.
Ishtiaq Mubarak – hurdles hero

11 Aug 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Olympic Council of Malaysia wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family of the late Ishtiaq Mubarak. Ishtiaq represented Malaysia in three Olympic Games, 1968, 1972 and 1976, and was a semi-finalist in the 110m hurdles at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games. He participated in two Commonwealth Games, Christchurch in 1974 and Edmonton in 1978.

He won a bronze medal and a silver medal in the 110m hurdles at the 1966 and 1974 Asian Games and silver medals at the 1973 and 1975 Asian Track & Field Championships. Ishtiaq dominated at the regional level, winning gold medals at the 1969, 1971 and 1973 SEAP Games and at the 1977 SEA Games, and a silver medal at the 1975 SEAP Games.

He survived a near-fatal car accident on October 13, 1970, taking over nine months to recover before making a successful return to the track.

Ishtiaq was the only Malaysian on the Malaysian team to the first IAAF World Cup in Athletics in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1977. On his retirement, Ishtiaq became an athletics coach. He was inducted to the Olympic Council of Malaysia Hall of Fame in 2002. He was named the Sportsman of the Year 1976.

A large crowd of former national athletes, friends and family were present at the house to pay their last respects to Ishtiaq. Among those present were Tan Sri Dato' Dr. M. Jegathesan, Dato' Nashata Singh, Dato' Ow Soon Kooi, Dato' Poon Fook Loke, Dato' James Selvaraj, Dato' Paduka Mumtaz Jaffar, Dato' N. Sri Shanmuganathan and many others.

Ishtiaq leaves behind his wife, Shamimi Selvarani, a former international 400m hurdler, and two daughters - Shaniz and Shakira.

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