Firdaus represents Brunei at Qatar world meet

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s sprinter Muhammad Noor Firdaus Ar-Rasyid bin Haji Idris will compete in the men’s 200m event at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar from September 27 to October 6.

The 17th edition of the world championship organised by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), marks Muhammad Noor Firdaus Ar-Rasyid’s second appearance having made his debut in the World Championships in London two years ago.

Muhammad Noor Firdaus will come into the tournament with thoughts of beating the national record, which he currently holds with a time of 21.39s.

The weather in Doha is similar to Brunei at this time of the year. Muhammad Noor Firdaus’ familiarity with the training conditions could stand him in good stead.

The national sprinter has trained continuously since the Asian Games last year, a major competition in the 2018 running season, and also the Singapore Open where he bagged a silver medal.

“I’ve been training for the World Championships for a long time considering there have not been any breaks since last year in the Asian Games,” said Muhammad Noor Firdaus in an interview with the Bulletin at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.

Muhammad Noor Firdaus Ar-Rasyid bin Haji Idris at the Brunei International Airport. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

“Insya Allah, in view that the weather is similar with Brunei, I hope to get back the time of 21.3s or 21.2s. If I’m not able to meet the record, I hope to get a season best,” he said.

Firdaus’ current season best is 21.53s which he set during the heats of the Singapore Open.

While setting an improved time is on his radar, Muhammad Noor Firdaus also expressed hopes to fine-tune his running in the event.

He said, “Sometimes, the time may be good but the running is not so good. Insya Allah, with good experience, track and environment, it can help drive me to reach our targets.”

Approximately 3,500 athletes from 205 countries will take part in the biennial championship across 24 different events.

The championship will also feature a first-ever midnight marathon and will also see the global debut of the 4x400m mixed relay ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The 200m heats event is scheduled to be held in the third day of competition on September 29.