Two months left: Can Azeem clock sub-10s for Paris Olympics?

Intense training key for Azeem to achieve Olympic dream

24 Apr 2024 03:55pm
Azeem - Photo by Xinhua/Sun Fei
Azeem - Photo by Xinhua/Sun Fei

SHAH ALAM - While challenging, securing a slot for the 2024 Paris Olympics is not impossible for national sprinter Muhammad Azeem Fahmi.

Sports analyst Zakaria Rahim said that Azeem still has a chance despite the odds, but the 20-year-old runner needs to intensify his efforts as the event is just 94 days away.

Based on Azeem's best record this season of 10.31 seconds (s), achieved while competing for the University of Auburn in the United States (US), qualifying for Paris, which sets the requirement at 10s, presents a considerable challenge.

"It's a tough reality, but it doesn't mean it's unattainable for him. Azeem just needs to double down on his efforts to achieve it.

"Only rigorous training coupled with a structured diet regimen can aid Azeem.

"While his performances at the University of Auburn and US competitions have been beneficial, they may not be sufficient.

"The opportunity is still within reach, awaiting positive news. Qualifying for the Olympic 100m event would be a monumental achievement for Malaysia.

"Let's hope Azeem realizes his dreams," he said.

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Azeem achieved a personal best record this year, clocking 10.31s in the 100-metre event to secure third place in the preliminary round.

This notable performance occurred on Sunday at the Tiger Classic Sports Championship in Alabama, US.

Zakaria explained that Azeem has until June 30 to meet the 10s requirement, giving him over two months before the prestigious event.

"Fortunately, being in the US provides him with more structured training and numerous competitions to improve his time. Azeem needs to push himself even further.

"The men's 100m event at the Olympics kicks off on Aug 3. If he fails to qualify based on merit, he still has a wildcard entry chance.

"However, he must navigate through the qualifying rounds, where consistent performances under 10.1s are crucial to avoid elimination," he added.