KUALA LUMPUR: Watch out for Mohd Azeem Mohd Fahmi (pic)!
Malaysian Athletics Federation’s (MAF) new technical director Dwayne Miller said the 15-year-old has the potential to run 10 seconds flat in six years’ time.
“I have never met him personally but I’ve read about this ‘Malaysian Usain Bolt’. I’m amazed that this kid at such a young age has already posted good times, ” said Miller.
“He is still young and cannot be pushed hard in training as he will get burnt out.
“I’ve seen young athletes clocking 49 seconds in the 400m but they stop competing after two years because they get injuries when pushed too hard in training, ” said Miller, who has coached Olympics and world champions.
“A lot of young coaches did the mistake. Right now he is very young, that is where young coaches make the mistake. From 10.60 seconds, they push to 10.30s too quickly. Let him progress, maybe from 10.63s to 10.5,10.4 and so on.
“I don’t want that to happen to Azeem. I want him to enjoy his life as a teenager. He needs to take one step at a time to become a sprinter.
“I’m sure he is capable of running 10 seconds flat in six years’ time.
“I like to train him as I can mould him to become a top-class sprinter, ” added Miller, who has more than 30 years of coaching experience.
Azeem, a Form Three student of SMK Gunung Rapat in Ipoh, Perak, stole the limelight at the National Schools Sports Council (MSSM) in Johor Baru when he broke the Under-15 100m and 200m records in April.
In the 100m, he rewrote his own MSSM record twice by clocking 10.72 in the semi-finals to erase his previous mark of 10.87 he did last year.
In the final, he won with a personal best of 10.63.
Azeem clocked a personal best of 21.24 in the 200m final to break his own mark of 21.89.
His effort is also better than the Under-18 record of 21.59 set by Muhd Aiedel Sa’adon of Melaka in 2017 and also surpassed the Asian Schools Games record of 21.39 set by Badrul Hisyam Abdul Manap in 2015.