Muhammad Haimin Robert will be representing Perlis at Sukma after he was dropped from Sabah’s track and field team as they had more than enough team members.
KANGAR: Sprinter Muhammad Haimin Robert reckons that reaching the 100m sprint final at the Perlis Sukma is achievable although he has only trained for the blue riband event for less than six months.
The Sandakan local, who had been competing regularly in the hurdles event, switched to the 100m earlier this year although he showed more promise in hurdles.
The 16-year-old won the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) 110m hurdles silver medal in 2012.
He also won the 200m hurdles gold at the 2012 Little Athlete competition in Singapore in 25.25 record. The following year he bettered the time to 25.05.
Despite his talent in hurdles, Haimin will compete in the 100m event in Sukma on the advice of his school coaches.
“My coaches feel that I will be at a disadvantage going against much bigger boys in the hurdles event so they advised me to focus on the 100m in Sukma. My target is to run 10.7-10.9 here and enter the final.
“I clocked 11.00 at the Federal Territory Open athletics meet in March but I have also dipped below the 11.00 mark several times during training,” said Haimin.
The Sandakan lad’s Sukma debut nearly came to an end before it even started.
He was dropped from Sabah’s track and field team as they had more than enough team members. Thankfully, he was given a lifeline by hosts Perlis to represent them.
“I just want to run and compete ... I don’t care which event or which state I represent. I just want to do my best here,” said Haimin, who is a Form Four student at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School.
The Sukma track and fields events will be held at the Utama Stadium from May 29-June 1.