Double delight for Malaysian ‘Usain Bolt’

Muhammad Azeem and Nurul Wardatul with their medals at the Perak All-Comers 1 Athletics Championship.

THE athlete nicknamed the Malaysian “Usain Bolt” continues to excel on the track, recording a double victory in the men’s 100m and 200m events at the Perak Stadium over the weekend.

However, 16-year-old national runner Muhammad Azeem Mohd Fahmi only clocked a time of 10.88 seconds in the 100m event, failing to beat Sarawak athlete Jonathan Nyepa’s record of 10.49 seconds.

Still, it was Muhammad Azeem’s second gold at the All Comers Championship after winning the men’s 200m with a time of 21.04 seconds.

The silver medal in the event went to Johor athlete Muhammad Arsyad Md Saat with a time of 11.04 seconds while bronze was won by National Sports Council (MSN) Para athlete Abdul Latif Romly with 11.05 seconds.

Muhammad Azeem, who represented the Perak Schools Sports Council (MSS), said he was satisfied with the time, despite acknowledging that it was far from his best personal record of 10.57 seconds set at the Innotex Open Athletics Championship in Bukit Jalil in November last year.

“The time just now (10.88 seconds) is not a problem for me because I didn’t really target anything, I just wanted to get a feel of the run.

“However, there is still a lot to be renewed and improved for competitions after this, ” said the student from Sekolah Menengah Gunung Rapat.

Meanwhile, in the women’s category, national junior runner Nurul Wardatul Huwaida Hamka won the gold medal in the 100m event with a time of 12.29 seconds.

The silver medal went to Johor athlete Najibah Hanim Abdul Halim in 12.52

seconds, while the bronze medal went to Nabila Natasha Azisyan from Johor with 12.72 seconds.

Nurul Wardatul, who was representing Terengganu, said she was very happy with the victory after winning the 200m event with a time of 25.26 seconds.

“Indeed, I am very happy. First, because I won the 100m and then the 200m event. For the 100m, my goal was only to improve my personal best.

“Regardless, I am grateful to my coaches and parents who have been instrumental in my success in this championship, ” she said.

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