KUALA TERENGGANU: Malaysia may have found a new sprint queen in 16-year-old Azreen Nabila Alias of Terengganu.
Azreen wowed the home fans with a personal best of 12.02 seconds to shatter the girls’ Under-18 100m record in the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Athletics Championships at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium on Tuesday.
Her time erased the previous mark of 12.07 set by Chiew Hui Lian of Johor in 2010.
Last year, Azreen broke the girls’ Under-15 100m meet record by clocking 12.07 in Malacca.
Azreen, a Form Four Student of the Terengganu Sports School, was thrilled with her latest achievement.
“It was a dream come true for me as I never expected to achieve a personal best in the 100m final or to break the meet record. I’ve always wanted to be a national sprinter ... I’m happy that I’m on the right track.
“I won three golds – in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m – last year. I hope to do the same this time,” said Azreen.
Three more records were set on the first day of this year’s meet in the girls’ Under-12 100m, girls’ Under-18 hammer and boys’ Under-15 discus events.
Sarawak’s Lim How Sieng broke the first record of the day in the boys’ Under-15 discus with a hurl of 54.49m.
The Form Three student of SMK Siam Road in Miri erased the previous mark of 54.40m set by Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Ajmain of Johor in Kangar in 2012.
How Sieng, whose previous best was 53.70m, believes that he could have done better if not for the scorching heat.
“It’s much hotter in Kuala Terengganu compared to Sarawak, but I did not allow it to affect my performance.
“I’m happy to deliver the first gold for Sarawak and break the first meet record in the first event on the first day,” said How Sieng, who finished fourth in the same event and age group last year.
Rabiatul Yusra Adenan of Kedah broke the second record of the day in the girls’ Under-12 100m semi-finals, clocking a personal best of 13.02 to erase the previous mark of 13.11 set by Sabah’s Elice Grenggori in Ipoh in 2011.
Rabiatul could only manage 13.13 in the final, but still won the gold.
The last record of the day was set by national hammer thrower Grace Wong in the girls’ Open category.
She hurled the hammer to a distance of 52.70m, bettering her own mark of 50.74m set in Malacca last year.
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