KUCHING: Sarawakian Watson Nyambek has proved that he can still be a top contender to be the number one sprinter in the country.
After a hiatus of nearly two years from the national and international athletic scene, Watson clocked a 10.82 to win the 100m event in the Sarawak Amateur Athletics Open championships here yesterday.
The win was the first for Watson after indiscipline, which disrupted his bright career, forced him to venture into other careers – from sports reporter, singer to a sports management student at a private college in Kuala Lumpur.
Watson said after the race yesterday that his aim was to improve on his technique and stamina to qualify for the Olympic Games in Athens next year.
“I want to run in the Olympics and I hope this win will push me to work even harder to achieve my best time of 10.30, which is still the national record,” he said.
Asked if he wanted to qualify for the Vietnam SEA Games in December, Watson said that he would consider it a bonus if he made it but it was unlikely because he would only began serious training last November.
He said that preparing for a major event, including the SEA Games, needed a long-term and a systematic approach to ensure peaking at the right time.
Watson added that he hoped to clock a faster time at the Sabah Open next month.
In the 100m race yesterday, Watson beat his training mate Dzulhailee Dom, who clocked 11.00 and Boniface Lejau, who was timed at 11.02. – Bernama