Md Fakhri Ismail during a training session at the Kallang Practice Track on Sunday. Picture: BT/Yee Chun Leong
BRUNEI's sprint king Md Fakhri Ismail hopes to set another national record at the IAAF World Championship in Beijing next week.
Athletes from all around the world will participate in the event at the Beijing National Stadium in a nine-day mega event, starting from August 22. The Brunei Athletic Association (BAA) will only send Md Fakhri as the country's sole representative to compete in the men's 100m sprint event.
While speaking to The Brunei Times, Md Fakhri expressed his keenness to beat the previous national record of 10.59s that he set at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore last June. "I will try my best to improve my performance and set another national record in the championship.
"Hopefully competing with all the top athletes could give me more motivation to do well. "Also my aim is also to get through the qualifying round and compete in the finals," he said.
The 24-year-old was very excited to be selected for the championship and has the opportunity to meet his idol. "This is the world championship where all the top athletes will be competing, so I am very thrilled.
"Furthermore I can get meet the world top athletes including my idol Usain Bolt. So this is a good opportunity for me to gain more experience," he said. He also shared his training preparations with the national athletics coach Isidro Del Prado.
"Since the SEA Games, I have continued my training for this competition. "We have been training hard every afternoon and night almost every day even during the Ramadan period.
"We worked on different aspects such as plyometric training and body workout in the gym to build strength, explosive power and increase performance," said Md Fakhri.
Some of the fastest runners in the world such as Justin Gatlin from America and Usain Bolt from Jamaica will compete in the 100m sprint. According to the official website, it will be the biggest sporting event on the planet for the year as there will be a total of 2000 athletes from over 200 nations to compete in Beijing.
Md Fakhri is scheduled to compete in the preliminary round on August 22. Md Fakhri will depart the Sultanate on August 20.