Old-timer Siti can still keep up with the sprint times


KUALA LUMPUR: Age is not a barrier for sprinter Siti Fatima Mohamad as the old-timer is bent on qualifying for the SEA Games in the Philippines.

The 33-year-old Siti, who is a lance corporal with the Malaysian army at the Sungai Besi camp, hopes to impress in the women’s 100m in the Perak All-Comers Athletics Cham­pionships starting today at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh.

Siti finished fifth in the 100m final with a time of 11.85 at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and said she still has the speed and fitness to give others a run for their money – especially top national sprinter Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli.

“Many women athletes retire after 30 but I believe that I can represent Malaysia for another two to three years,” said Siti, who clocked 11.91 to win gold in the 100m at the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil in 2017.

“I still have the desire to run and have been training hard since last year. My mission in the Perak All-Comers is to give a strong challenge to Zaidatul and qualify for the SEA Games.”

She has a personal best of 11.53, which she did in the Government Services Games in Kangar in 2017, but she needs to surpass Zaidatul’s SEA Games silver-medal qualifying mark of 11.74 to make her trip to the Philippines Games.

Siti wants to do better than last year after she failed to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and also the Asian Games in Jakarta.

“It’s different this year. I’m all geared up to win a place in the SEA Games against the younger national sprinters in the country,” said Siti, who last represented Malaysia at the Asian Champion­ships in Bhuba­neswar, India, in July, 2017.

Siti has featured in three SEA Games and has won two bronze medals in the 4x100m in 2007 in Korat and 2015 in Singapore.

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