Hassan Saaid, widely hailed as the fastest man in the Maldives, climbed up 43 spaces in the newly created Global ranking system by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), following his recent success at the Malaysian Open.
With 1,096 points, Saaid earned the 205th place in the IAAF rankings by completing the 100m race in 10.54 seconds at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix on March 30.
Saaid progressed to the finals after securing third place in the second heat for 100m, with a timing of 10.55 seconds.
While18-year-old Indonesian sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri won gold clocking 10.20 seconds, Saaid secured fifth place. In January, however, Saaid was at the 248th position in IAAF rankings, with 1090 points.
The only South Asian that competed in the 100m India Asian Championship finals, he secured fourth place after finishing the race in 10.42 seconds.
Among his other achievements is winning gold in the 100m sprint at the 2015 Indian Ocean Island Games held in Reunion.
Saaid is currently preparing for the 23rd Asian Athletics Championship which will be held from April 19-24 in Doha, Qatar.
In preparation for the upcoming Asian Athletics Championship, seven local sprinters have joined Saaid on a two-month training scholarship provided by the Government of India in Bangalore. They are; Ibrahim Afshaan Ali (Appi), Nujoom Hassan, Hussein Fazeel Haroon, Sarees Ahmed, Ibaadullah Adam and Hussein Riyaz.
Saaid holds national records in races for 100 meters at 10.33 seconds, 200-meters at 20.75 seconds and 400 meters, at 47.48 seconds.