KUALA LUMPUR – The record-breaking feat of young sprinter Badrul Hisyam could mark a significant resurgence of athletics in the country, especially the blue-ribbon event, says Malaysian Athletics Union (MAU) coaching chairman Zainal Abbas.
Badrul, 18, created history by smashing the 17-year-old National 100m record of 10.30s held by Sarawakian Watson Nyambek since 1998, by clocking 10.29s at the ASEAN Schools Championships in Brunei, yesterday.
The Melaka-born Badrul’s success is also expected to silence the critics who had chided the MAU for not producing sprinters in the mould of Watson, Azmi Ibrahim.
Zainal said the coaching committee would do everything possible to ensure Badrul receives the best form of training.
“Badrul’s ability to smash Watson Nyambek’s record will provide a new spark to athletics in the country. Badrul has a long way to go and he needs proper guidance and training,” he told Bernama when contacted.
Apart from Badrul who won the gold medal, Asnawi Hashim who finished second in the race behind Badrul with a time of 10.71s is another potential sprinter who can be moulded.
“Asnawi is also talented since he had competed in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Colombia in July and qualified for the semifinals. Asnawi is only 17 but has clocked a time of 10.57s at the Universiti Malaysia Perlis meet,” he said.
Badrul is scheduled to compete in the Asian Indoor Championship in Doha, Qatar next year (February). – BERNAMA