# Badrul Hisham smashes 17-year-old national 100m record
# Clocks 10.20 seconds to break Watson Nyambek’s old time of 10.30s
# Badrul rewrites his own record of 21.61s to take the 200m gold in 21.39s
It happened in Brunei at the Asean Schools Athletics Championships on Monday – a new national 100m record when 17-year-old Badrul Hisham Abdul Manap clocked 10.29s to win the sprint gold.
Badrul thus defended the gold medal he won at the last Asean Schools meet held in Marikina City, Philippines last year with a time of 10.49.
In the process the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School student in Bandar Penawar in Johor smashed the 17-year-old sprint record of 10.30s set by Sarawak’s Watson Nyambek at the 1998 pre-Commowealth Games meet.
It was double joy for Malaysia at the Asean meet when Asnawi Hashim took the silver in 10.71s with Thailand’s Worawut Salabal clinching the bronze with a time of 10.87.
Badrul’s feat did not come as a surprise. The sprinter clocked a personal best 10.48 in the Kedah Open early this year.
And to retain the Asean Schools’ title with new national record will give him a shot at bigger things – the 2017 SEA Games which Malaysia will host.
There was more to come from the Malacca-born Badrul when he completed a grand sprint double by winning the 200m gold as well on Monday.
Badrul clocked 21.39s – rewriting his own record of 21.61s he set last year.
Just like in the 100m it was also a 1-2 finish for Malaysia in the 200m when compatriot Khairul Hafiz clocked 21.47s for the silver with Thailand’s Vinatsu Phosri settling for the bronze in 22.05s.