Zaidatul’s 11.45s Run Not Yet Recognised By IAAF

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KUALA LUMPUR – The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has yet to recognise the 11.45 seconds run in the 100m by Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli in South Africa on March 9.

Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Karim Ibrahim said they were still waiting for documents on technical clarification from the organiser of ASA Speed Series 2 championship in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

As such, the national record in the women’s 100 metres still belong to former national sprinter, G. Shanti with a time of 11.50s which was recorded in 1993.

“In order to recognise a record, we need documents, especially images, wind gauge position, timing etc… We have written to the South African Athletics Association (SAAA) and they have not given us any documents till now.

“I am very disappointed in the organiser for not giving us the required documents. It is unfair to the athletes who performed well but the records cannot be recognised due to the negligence of the organisers,” he told reporters after a SEA Games Selection and Coaching Committee meeting at Wisma OIC, here today.

Prior to this, a South African newspaper reported that SAAA would investigate the legitimacy of the times recorded at the championship when more than 60 per cent of the athletes recorded their personal best times in the sprint and the steeple chase events.

Karim said although Zaidatul’s record has yet to be recognised, the 23-year-old sprinter could still use it as her best personal record.

Zaidatul set the time when finishing second place behind Tamzin Thomas who represented the University of Western Cape (11.44 seconds) while third place went to Tsaone Sebele of the University of Johannesburg (11.48s). – BERNAMA