Spotlight on Brunei track star Maziah

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s athlete Maziah Mahusin has been featured by US-Asia Institute (USAI) as part of their country spotlight segment recently.

The segment, which can be found on their Twitter account, featured a brief profile of the national hurdler accompanied with an image of her during the 7th Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championships in Singapore.

It is not the first time that the national athlete has been under international spotlight having been featured in an article by US-based Time following her maiden appearance in the Olympic Games.

Her breakthrough at the global stage also garnered international attention from The New York Times and Canada-based newspaper Montreal Gazette as part of a write-up on female participation in the Olympic Games.

She also made the headlines in Reuters and the Times of India, which published an article about her generating a buzz among the international media.

Brunei Darussalam’s hurdler Maziah Mahusin. PHOTO: MAZIAH MAHUSIN

The Gulf News also carried a story which included the national runner with Brunei Darussalam highlighted as one of eight countries alongside Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

Maziah wrote her name in the record books after becoming the first female athlete to represent Brunei in the Olympic Games in London 2012.

During the first round of her 400m race at the Olympic Stadium, she set a national record of 59.28s.

Her most recent accomplishment in the international scene came in the Pre-Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in New Clarke City in the Philippines last year when she captured the bronze medal in the 200m event.

The national hurdler also struck gold in the 100m event and silver in the 200m event in the 66th Sarawak Open Track and Field Championship in April last year.

The US-Asia Institute is a non-profit organisation which aims to create channels of dialogue to promote understanding between the people and government of the United States and 14 Asian countries including Brunei Darussalam.