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KUALA LUMPUR, 5 March 2017:
National women’s sprinter Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli’s celebration over a new national record in the 100m event at the AGN League 7 athletics championship in Pretoria, South Africa yesterday was shortlived.
Clocking in at 11.36s, Zaidatul Husniah was believed to have broken the national record held by G. Shanti since 1993.
However, the time was not recognised by the jury of the competition as she was said to have received wind assistance of 2.5 seconds.
She finished second in the first heat of the women’s 100m event won by host country athlete Alyssa Conley, who clocked in at 11.34s seconds.
Two other national athletes – S. Komalam Shally and Siti Fatimah Mohamad – each recorded 11.65s and 11.68s to come in third and fourth respectively.
When contacted, Malaysian Athletic Federation president Datuk Karim Ibrahim confirmed Zaidatul Husniah’s time of 11.36s would not be considered a new national record due to the wind assistance.
The International Association of Athletics Federations stipulates only times with wind assistance of under two seconds can be accepted as a new record for an athlete.
Zaidatul Husniah, when contacted via Whatsapp said she was not disappointed by the matter, and vowed to improve her record in the next tournament.
“I initially thought the record of 11.36s was a new national record, before it was disqualified by the jury due to wind assistance of more than two seconds.
“I am not really disappointed, as this is my best personal record and it will drive me to achieve a better result in the SEA Games in August,” said the Kedahan.
Zaidatul Husniah’s personal best in the 100m is 11.62s, achieved in the 2014 Asean University Games in Palembang.
The national athletics squad is on a one-month stint in South Africa to train and participate in competition in preparation for the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur this August.
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