Yet another magnificent victory for this young lady in the athletic sphere!
Yesterday (May 9), our national women’s athlete, Shereen Samson Vallabouy ended the 24 years of Malaysia’s waiting by clinching GOLD in the Women’s 400m event. This triumph marks 14th gold for the nation in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games.
The 25-year-old sprinter, gloriously bring back the gold medal, by extraordinarily clocking in at 52.53 seconds finishing almost a second ahead of her rivals Vietnam duo Nguyen Thi Huyen (53.27s) and Nguyen Thi Hang (53.84s) who settled for second and third place, respectively.
According to the report, Shereen is the FIRST MALAYSIAN WOMAN to win the 400m gold since N. Manimagalay at the 1999 Brunei games.
Shereen’s remarkable win in the women’s 400-meter race is acknowledged as a significant accomplishment because it is her FIRST GOLD MEDAL at the SEA Games level.
During the 28th SEA Games which was held in Singapore (2015), when she was 17 years old, she took home a bronze medal in the same competition. She also competed on the Women’s 4x400m Relay Team, which helped the team win bronze at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.
The gold medalist said “I have been working hard to win the 400m gold since I first competed at the Sea Games in 2015. This makes it (hard work) all worthwhile. The training I have undergone in the US has also helped me improve, especially in terms of technique.”
“There is not much more I can say, I just wanted to give it my best. I also have to thank my family for their support.” the Ipoh-born expressed.
Check out the historical moment here:
As of today (May 10), the Malaysian contingent has successfully clinched 15 gold, 15 silver, and 32 bronze medals in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games.
Congratulations, Shereen! You did it! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
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