KUALA LUMPUR: No Malacca woman has done the double in the 100m and 200m sprint events in the Malaysia Games (Sukma).
National sprinter Nurul Sarah Kadir, however, hopes to be the first Malacca sprinter to achieve the golden double.
Nurul, who turned 22 on Wednesday, said she was confident of winning the double sprint gold based on her performance in the Laos SEA Games last December.
Nurul, who has a personal best of 24.41 in the 200m, clocked a personal best of 11.83 to finish fifth in the blue riband event in Laos.
Nurul also competed in the 4x100m in Laos. Together with Norjannah Hafiszah Jamaluddin, Siti Zubaidah and Yee Yi Ling, the quartet clocked 45.69 to finish fourth to qualify for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, in November.
The qualifying mark is 45.75, which is the third placing mark of the 2006 Doha Asian Games.
Nurul strongly believes that there isn’t any other sprinter capable of stopping her from raking in both the gold medals in Sukma.
“I want to create history for my home state Malacca by being the first athlete to bag the double in the sprint events,” said Nurul in a telephone interview yesterday.
In preparation for the Sukma, Nurul competed in the 100m at the Asian Grand Prix in Pune on Tuesday, clocking 12.10 in the heats.
She will also compete in the two other GPs – in Bangalore today and in Chennai on June 9.
Nurul hopes to dip below 12secs in Bangalore and Chennai.
“The tough competitions in the Asian Grand Prixs will push me harder to clock good times in Sukma,” said Nurul, who will return home on June 11 to compete in Sukma. The athletics competition will begin on June 14.