Teenage sprinter Badrul Hisham has emerged as Malaysia’s latest sprinting sensation after he smashed Watson Nyambek’s 17 year-old record in the 100m event at the ASEAN School Games in Bandar Sri Begawan, yesterday.
The 18 year-old clinched gold medal in the 100m event in a record time of 10.29 seconds, surpassing the previous national record of 10.30 seconds, which was set by Watson at the Malaysian Open Athletics Championships in 1998.
His coach Zainal Abbas heaped praises on Badrul for the impeccable performance and has tipped him to become a future sprinting star for the country.
“Badrul has shown he’s now the best sprinter of his age in the South-East Asian region. He has the capability to go much faster. We will draft him into the national team for the SEA Games 2017,” he told The Star.
“We hope that Badrul will set another impressive time in the 200m tomorrow (Tuesday). He has a personal best of 20.88 seconds,” he added.
In the UniMAP Open last month, Badrul showed glimpses of his potential by beating M. Jegathesan’s record in the 200m event (20.92 seconds) by clocking 20.88 seconds, though it wasn’t recognized due to the event being an unofficial one.
Badrul also clinched the 200m gold at the Southeast Asian Youth Championships in Naypyidaw as well as the 100m title at the Asian School Championships in Wuhan.