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Only hours to the run of her life
Friday, August 3, 2012

Ready or Not, here she comes.

Maziah Mahusin's preparations for tonight's 400m heats at the London Olympics has been derailed by an unfortunate bout of flu and cough, which has prevented her from training as usual.

Nevertheless, she is sure to rise to the occasion when she takes to the Olympic Stadium at 7:40pm.

Sure, she may be the only one of the seven participants in the start list not to have broken the one-minute barrier, but she will have other things on her mind tonight.

Fulfilling the dream of every young athlete, 19-year-old Maziah will take to the tracks with only one goal - to break her best time of 1:00.32.

But if she does it or not, she will still return to Brunei as a household name just by being Brunei's first female Olympian.

After all, all of Brunei's three athletes at the Games know that their biggest rival is themselves,and though they may all dream of a stepping onto the podium, realistically, all they want to do is to break their personal bests.

Anderson Lim Chee Wei has already done that.

Brunei's first Olympian swimmer setting a new record in the 200-metre freestyle on Sunday when he clocked 2:02.26 - comfortably breaking his previous best, which happens to be the national record, of 2:05.19.

Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Pg Rositi will compete in the 400m heats tomorrow, the last event that any of the country's three athletes will see action in at London.

His personal best is 49.23 seconds, and once again, the aim will be nothing more than to shave some decimals off the clock.

Meanwhile, Zachary Payne of Cook Islands, who is based in Brunei and studies at the Jerudong International School, finished in eighth position with a time of 25.26 seconds in Heat 4 of the men's 50-metre freestyle yesterday.

The time places him in tied-41 among a total field of 58 swimmers.

Courtesy from Brunei Times