Zaidatul Husniah: I won’t take Rio spot for granted

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National female sprinter, Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli is preparing for the run of her life at the 2016 Rio Olympics, to cast down talks of her participation being a ‘free holiday’.

Zaidatul was nominated by the Malaysia Athletics Federation to get a spot in the Olympics via a wildcard, as announced by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) yesterday.

Her best personal record so far in the 100m event is 11.62 seconds, which was clocked at the 2012 ASEAN University Games in Palembang, Indonesia.

According to Zaidatul, the opportunity to take part in the prestigious sporting event won’t be taken for granted and she’ll work hard to put Malaysia on the map.

“Yes, I realized there will be many great runners in the competition, but it won’t stop me from trying to beat my personal record.

“I’m currently preparing on how to give a good fight to the top runners.

“At the same time, I need to clock a better time and in order to do all that, I have to be mentally and physically ready,” she told Utusan Malaysia.