Brunei Darussalam BARA (Brunei Adventure Recreation Association) national obstacle racing team recently participated in the South East Asia (SEA) 100M OCR Championships in Subang Jaya, Malaysia.
The national team, comprising seven athletes including five male and two female, competed in both elite and open categories.
BARA President Yasmin Patera and national team coach Pengiran Muhamad Rafie bin Pengiran Saiful Redzalli accompanied the athletes.
The Sultanate produced a decent showing in the regional stage with the national athletes finishing among the top 10 out of 27 participants. Besides Brunei, participating countries also included host nation Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong.
National athlete Azizil Anwar Mosli was the highest-placed entrant in sixth place with a time of 1:19.70s and completing all 12 obstacles in the male elite category.
His teammate Awang Mohd Hasnal Husna Ahmad finished eighth overall with a time of 1:27.02 having also completed all the obstacles.
Meanwhile, Haji Muhd Hafizh Abd Khalid finished 14th out of 77 entrants in the Male Open category and completed 10 obstacles.
In the same category, Muhd Azim Mohd Alidin placed 21st and completed nine obstacles while Muhd Izzat Dato Paduka Haji Murad ended in 38th place and completed six obstacles.
In the female open category, Low Leng May finished fifth out of 14 participants with a time of 1.03.07 and completed six obstacles while her teammate Sofiyah Syairah Saifulizan finished sixth with a time of 1.30.16 and completed six obstacles.
The competition featured a 100-metre obstacle course, testing athletes’ strength, agility and mental fortitude.
During the event, the male athletes showcased their athleticism in navigating intricate obstacles and overcoming physical challenges, while the female athletes similarly exhibited exceptional strength and resilience, breaking barriers in the traditionally male-dominated OCR arena.
The national OCR team’s participation in the SEA 100M OCR Championships aligns with the country’s commitment to promoting sports excellence and fostering a culture of health and fitness.
Their participation in the competition and recent Spartan races marks a significant milestone for Brunei in the world of obstacle racing and reinforces the nation’s standing as a rising force in regional sports.
The team also expressed their gratitude for the unwavering support from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the local community. – Fadhil Yunus