Shireen Vallabuoy betters 30-year-old record in 400m dash

PETALING JAYA: National athlete Shereen Samson Vallabuoy (pic) has bettered the 30-year-old record set by Rabia Abdul Salam when she won the 400m dash in the NCAA Division II Championships with a time of 52.27s.

In the race at the Virginia Beach Sports Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, today, the 24-year-old Winona State University student beat the likes of Angelo State’s Shiean Walters and NW’s Missouri’s Tiffany Hughey for the gold medal with a sizable time difference.

Walters clocked 53.54s for the silver, while Hughey did 53.68s for the bronze.

Shereen broke Rabia Abdul Salam’s 30-year-old outdoor record of 52.56s by 0.29s, and this augurs well in her bid to win the gold medal in the upcoming SEA Games in Cambodia.

She also smashed her indoor record of 53.79s twice in this edition, which she did in the same competition last year at Pittsburgh, United States.

Earlier in the preliminaries, she ran 53.51s to earn the fastest qualifying mark and advance to the 400m final.

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