Maziah ready to roar in Lion City


NATIONAL athlete Maziah Mahusin (pic) only has one thing on her mind.

She wants to get better and improve further in the 400-metre event which she will be competing in at the 7th SEA Youth Athletics Championships in Singapore from April 28-29.

She has been working hard and her best time is 1:01:09, which she set at the 4th Borneo Games in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, in Indonesia, last December.

The London 2012 Olympics hopeful is determined and is looking to put on a good show at the two-day event.

"I want to break my own record even if by a second. I expect a tough outing because it's just like the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games except at a junior level," said Maziah during an interview with The Brunei Times before leaving for the Lion City at the Brunei International Airport in Berakas yesterday.

"Thailand and Vietnam are the ones to look out for, but I'm not thinking about that. I'm going to run at my own pace," she added.

"I'm prepared for this race and I'll try my very best," continued the 19-year-old Bruneian.

Brunei will be competing at the July 25-Aug 12 London Olympics courtesy of the universality places which the world governing body for athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has opened to countries that have no qualified athletes. (The other sport offering universality places at the London Olympics is swimming).

The benchmark for automatic qualification for the women's 400m is set at 51.55 seconds while provisional qualification is at 52.6s.

Maziah, who is a recipient of the London 2012 Olympic Scholarships in September, last year (with national swimmer Anderson Lim Chee Wei being the other), is determined to get her London ticket.

The scholarships, awarded by the International Olympic Council (IOC) through the Olympic Solidarity Programme, provide the Bruneians with US$1,000 a month each to help them with their training from September 2011 to August 2012.

After the Singapore event, Maziah is set to race in three other tournaments in Thailand next month.

Abdul Muqsith Hj Yahya is the other Brunei athlete heading to the Lion City for the regional event over the weekend.

His personal best in the men's 400m is at 52s, which he set at the Sabah Open in December last year.

"I'm hoping that I can break it (his best time) in Singapore. I'm well prepared eventhough I just came back from a hamstring injury," said Abdul Muqsith, who started running three years ago.

"I'm not thinking about the opponents and this is quite a big tournament. I just want to set my personal best and I will definitely try my best for the country," added the 19-year-old from the Belait district.

Accompanying the duo at the meet is team manager, Siti Adia Tawang.The Brunei Times

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