Russel wins bronze for the family


  • Athletics
  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

IT was not really his best run but for national 200m sprinter Russel Nasir Taib (pic), it was still a credible bronze medal on his debut at the SEA Games.

Thailand had a grand 1-2 finish with Khongprasit Chayut setting a time of 20.71s ahead of Punpa Siripol on 20.78s.

Another national sprinter Jonathan Anak Nyepa was in seventh place with a time of 21.41s.

The 21-year-old Russel said the medal was for his family who had come from Brisbane to support and cheer for him as he finished on 21.11s to come in third at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium yesterday.

“It’s still a bronze medal and in my first ever Games. So it’s for my family who have always been my best supporters since I was young. My mother Karen, brother and nephew are here today,” said Russel.

“Right now, I would like to take some time off to spend time with them and enjoy the moment.”

Despite the joy of a medal, Russel had mixed emotions because his time was far from his personal best and national record of 20.77 which he set in Brisbane, Australia in March.

“The timing could have been better but unfortunately today wasn’t my day. At the same time, it gives me a good indication of my speed.”

“I tried my best knowing I am wearing the nation’s colours but I will have to talk to my coach more on this and have a lengthy discussion.

“These are still early days for me and I will look to do better.”

In the women’s 200m, national sprinter S. Komalam Shally did well to enter the finals but only managed a time of 25.05 to finish last.

Filipina-American Kristina Knott took the gold with a new Games record of 23.01. Vietnam’s Le Tu Chinh and Singapore’s Pereira Veronica Shanti took silver and bronze on 23.45 and 23.77 second respectively.

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