KUALA LUMPUR: Schoolboy Badrul Hisham Abdul Manap (pic, right) ran the race of his life to shatter the 17-year-old men’s national 100m record.
The 18-year-old clocked a sizzling 10.29 seconds at the Asean Schools Games in Brunei on Monday to shatter Sarawakian Watson Nyambek’s 10.30 set at the 1998 pre-Commonwealth Games. He retained the gold, having won in 10.49 in last year’s Games in Marikina City in the Philippines.
Badrul, who is doing his pre-university studies at the Tuanku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) in Johor, clocked 10.48 for his personal best at the Kedah Open in April this year.
It was a 1-2 finish for Malaysia in the blue riband event as Asnawi Hashim (pic, left) clocked 10.71 to bag the silver.
Thailand’s Worawut Salabal came in third in 10.87.
National chief coach Zainal Abas was delighted with Badrul’s performance and his ability to dip below 10.30.
“Badrul has shown he’s now the best sprinter of his age in the South-East Asian region. He has the capability to go much faster. We will draft him into the national team for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games,” said Zainal in a telephone interview from Bandar Seri Begawan.
“We hope that Badrul will clock another impressive time in the 200m here tomorrow (Tuesday). He has a personal best of 20.88 which he clocked at the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Open in Arau last month,” added Zainal.