IT has been a breakthrough competition for Perak’s Noor Eewan Syafiqah Mohd Sabri at the Malaysian Schools Athletics (MSSM) Championships in Alor Star.
After breaking two records and bagged three gold in the MSSM, she has set her sights on bigger prizes.
Having helped Perak defend the gold and rewritten their record in the girls’ under-18 4x100m relay earlier in the week, Noor Eewan, on Wednesday, smashed the 200m games record of 25.03s, set by Terengganu’s Nik Norazura Mahmud in 1999, when she clocked 25.00s at the Darulaman Stadium.
Terengganu’s Siti Nur Afiqah Abdul Razak (25.21s) and Perak’s Kang Woan Yi (25.58s) finished second and third respectively.
The victory also saw her complete a prestigious double as she had also won the 100m event.
The 17-year-old said her move to SMK Gunung Rapat last year (Perak State Sports School), has put her athletics career on the fast track.
“To actually break the 15-year-old record in this event (200m) really means a great deal to me as I did not even compete in the event last season,” she said.
“I have learnt a lot in terms of sprinting at the school and the teachers there are responsible for helping me achieve what I did here.”
Noor Eewan, who looks up to Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt as a role model, added that she is looking forward to representing Malaysia in the Asean School Games in Manilla in December.
“Usain is really cool and I think all the sprinters now want to be like him. I sometimes do the ‘lightning-strike’ pose for fun if I win a race at school though it does get me in trouble some times.” jested Noor Eewan.