Maziah looks to return to competitive running next year

Yee Chun Leong

BRUNEI’S first female Olympian Maziah Mahusin is hoping to get back to competitive running next year.

The 24-year-old has been suffering from Calcaneal spurs on her right heel since 2010.

It has since worsen and she has taken a step back from competitions.

Her last tournament was in August last year when she contested in the ASEAN University Games in Thailand, where she advanced to the final of the women’s 200m event.

She is awaiting to get surgery done to help her back to full fitness but still continues to hit the tracks for training.

“It is an old injury and it just got worse. I’ll need to have surgery to have it removed,” said Maziah in an interview with BruSports recently.

“I’ve been waiting since last year to see whether to get it done in Brunei or overseas.

“In the meantime, I’m been finding my own recovery. I’ve tried supplements and vitamins but it doesn’t lessen the pain.

“I continue training because it is still better than not doing anything. I can still run and I want to maintain my fitness,” she added.

“I won’t need to start from the beginning again after I recover. So I won’t forget everything I have learnt” she added.

“I want to continue to have the feeling of training eventhough I know I won’t join any competitions.

Hopefully this year I can get surgery done as I want to recover as soon as possible so that I can compete again,” continued Maziah, who holds the women’s 400m national record of 59.20s set at the 2014 BIMP-EAGA Games in Labuan.

When asked on what tournaments she has set her sights on, Maziah replied: “I have aims of competing again at the SEA Games as well as the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I want to be back stronger than before.

“I just have to continue training eventhough I know won't be able to do any competition.

“I know my limits so even in training I know I can’t push myself to the maximum,” she added.

“But it is better than staying home and feeling depressed. I’ve felt that before and gained weight. I just have to continue working,” she concluded.

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