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A big round of applause for this young sprinter. What an achievement! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Our national women’s athlete, Shereen Samson Vallabouy, who keeps making headlines in the athletic sphere, has now yet again stamped a historical feat in her career.
On April 15th, the 25-year-old sprinter smashed the previous record set by Rabia Salam 30 years ago by finishing the women’s 400m in 51.8 seconds, creating a new national record at the St. Mac Relays at Mount San Antonio College in California. Rabia Abdul Salam had previously held the Malaysia outdoor 400m record with 52.56 at the Asian Championships in Manila in 1993.
Shereen’s Olympian mother Josephine Mary now ranks third in the race with a time of 52.65 seconds, slipping one spot as a result of this amazing feat. According to reports, Shereen, the late Rabia, and Josephine are the only Malaysian female athletes who ran the 400m in under 53 seconds.
The Ipoh-born currently holds the indoor and outdoor national records for the 400-meter sprint, an accomplishment that has never been attained by a woman in Malaysian athletics.
The scholar of Winona State University previously won bronze medals in the 400m and 4x400m relay in the 2015 SEA Games and was a member of the bronze-medal winning 4x400m relay team at the 2017 SEA Games.
The daughter of the former Olympian also recently logged a record-breaking feat, becoming the back to back national champion in the 400m defending her US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II 400m indoor championship. Furthermore, she is also the fastest 200m female runner in the country with a time of 23.52s.
Congratulations, Shereen! Your determination and prowess have always been exemplary, keep thriving for more success!
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