KUALA LUMPUR: Coach Mohd Nizam Mat Yusop certainly has the Midas touch when it comes to producing sprint gems.
Last week, another of his athlete Nurul Wardatul Huwaida Hamka bagged the women’s 100m and 200m gold medals in the Perak All-Comers 1 Athletics Championships in Ipoh by posting her personal best in both events.
The Form Five student from the Sports School of Malaysia Terengganu clocked 12.29 in the blue riband event and timed 25.26 in the 200m. Her previous bests were 12.35 and 25.75 respectively, which she did in the Berwang Open in Kota Kinabalu en route to winning the events last September.
Nizam was also the man behind the rise of national sprinter Azreen Nabila Alias, who also dominated the junior scene before moving up the ranks.
“Nurul is dedicated and committed and she is hungry for success. She has the potential to be a national sprinter in the next few years,” said Nizam.
“But for now, I want her to dip below 12 seconds in the 100m in the Terengganu State Sports School from March 24-28.
“I’ve also set a two-gold medal target in the MSSM (National Schools). If she does well, she will qualify for the Asean Youth Championships in Jakarta (from June 27-30).”
Nurul thanked coach Nizam over her improved progress.
“I’m only 17 but I did well to beat older sprinters to win golds in both sprint events. I’m on the right track to become a national sprinter,” said Nurul, who won 100m gold in the Western Australia Athletics Championships in Perth last year.
She hopes to dominate at the MSSM Championships in Seremban at the Parao Stadium from April 10-18.
“I want to better my timing in both the events,” said Nurul, who finished fifth in the Under-18 category at the MSSM meet in Johor last year
Nurul, will be competing in four events under the same category at the MSSM this year – 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m.
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