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Maziah on the right lane ahead of London Games
Friday, July 13, 2012

Maziah Mahusin (pic) is peaking at the right time.

The national runner set a new personal best time in another wet women's 400-metre event on Wednesday at the 19th Open International Athletics Tournament in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

She finished seventh in the field of eight in the final with a time of 1:00.32.

As opposed to a previous report, she had set a best time in the Heat with a time of 1:00.45 on Tuesday.

It was good enough to beat her previous best of 1:01.14 which she clocked during the 7th Southeast Asian (SEA) Youth Athletics Championships in Singapore in early May.

The 19-year-old, who is set to make history by becoming the first Bruneian female to compete at the Olympics, was delighted with her results and is taking all positives out of the July 10-12 competition.

"It is a new experience for me especially to be running in the rain. There were lots of delays which made it difficult to perform," said Maziah in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"I'm always feeling confident and I feel that all the hard work and training is paying off. I can feel myself improving," she added.

Maziah with Olympic-bound swimmer Anderson Lim Chee Wei being the other is a recipient of the London 2012 Olympic Scholarships.

Fellow olympian Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Pg Rositi almost won a medal in the men's 400m event but failed to set a new personal record.

He missed out on a podium finish after crossing the line fourth in the final clocking a time of 49.33 seconds.

For Hafiy, who celebrated his birthday on July 4, his personal best remains as 49.23s which he set at the 2012 Taiwan Open Athletics Championships in May.

The tournament in Vietnam is the last for the national runners to be game-ready for the July 27-Aug 12 London Olympics.

A total of 29 teams nine foreign and 20 domestic competed for top honours at the competition.

Besides Brunei, the other foreign countries are Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar and the Philippines.

Lim will be the only other athlete to represent Brunei at the London Olympics. He will be the first swimmer from the country to swim in the Olympics.

The Sultanate's participation at the Olympics has been made possible courtesy of universality places that the world governing bodies of athletics and swimming, IAAF and FINA respectively, have opened to countries that have no qualified athletes.

Courtesy from Brunei Times