KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran sprinter Siti Fatimah Mohd (pic) is running out of time in her bid to break the national women’s 100m record. The athlete, who has been training under American coach Dwayne Miller since January to achieve her aim, will turn 34 on Wednesday.

The Johor athlete has a personal best of 11.53, just 0.3s off the national record of 11.50 set by G. Shanti in a pre-SEA Games competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1993.

Siti said that with the help of the vastly experienced coach Miller, she would be able to beat the national record this year.

“I am so comfortable training under him and he has helped me improve my start from the blocks, which is usually slow in competitions.

“The coach has also helped me improve technique in swinging my arms and also my speed,” said Siti.

“I am able to run consistently well from start to finish. It has been 27 years now that the national record has not been broken and I want to do it, even at the age of 34.

“However, it is just unfortunate that I cannot compete in any competition at the moment to test my timing, due to the Covid-19 outbreak,” said Siti.

“The training sessions at the National Sports Council (NSC) Training Track in Bukit Jalil have also been stopped.

“But my mission is still to break the national record in competitions this year. I am confident the situation will improve in another few weeks,” said Siti, who also wants to compete in her fifth SEA Games in Hanoi next year. She bagged the bronze twice in the 4x100m in Korat in 2007 and in Singapore in 2015.

“I have yet to win an individual medal in the Games and I hope to achieve it next year,” said Siti, who failed to qualify for the finals in the Philippines SEA Games last December after clocking 12.00 in the heats.

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