KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 (Bernama) — National athlete Shereen Samson Vallabouy grabbed the only gold of the day for Malaysia after winning the women’s 400 metres in the 2015 South East Asian Youth Athletics Championships at the National Sports Council Mini Stadium here Sunday.
Shereen, 17, the daughter of former National 800m ace Samson Vellabouy and another women’s middle distance ace Josephine Mary (400m, 800m), also clocked her personal best time of 55.12 seconds in the race to beat compatriot Zaimah Atifah Zainuddin who clocked 56.32s for the silver while Chan Thi Thuy of Vietnam took the bronze in 57.24s.
Samson is a multiple SEA Games gold medal winner while Josephine had won numerous accolades at SEA Games, Asian Games and Asian Track and Field competitions.
“I am happy to record my personal best here. Thanks to my coach and family for supporting me,” Sheeren who hails from Perak told reporters after the race.
She would be representing the country at the Singapore SEA Games after having qualified in the event at the Malaysian Open Athletics Championships that was held at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil from March 27-29.
“My target is to break my personal best in 400 metres at the SEA Games,” she said.
Meanwhile, another national junior athlete Andre Anura missed the triple jump gold and had to be contented with a silver after managing a jump of 14.46m to finish behind gold medallist Wasan Kammak of Thailand whose mark was 14.76m while another junior athlete Mohd Fitri Anaqi took the bronze with a distance of 13.57m.
Malaysia now have six gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals at the meet while Thailand are leading with 17 gold, two silver and four bronze medals.