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Name: Md Amirudin Jamal
Date of Birth: 3 March 1987 (28yrs)
Personal Best(s): 10.46s (Men 100m, 2013 Malaysia Open)
• Semi-finalist, Men’s 100m, Asian Games, Incheon
• 3rd, Men’s 100m, SEA Games, Nay Pyi Taw
• 2nd, Men’s 4x100m, SEA Games, Nay Pyi Taw
• 5th, Men’s 200m, ASEAN University Games, Vientiane
• Men’s 4x100m (New National Record), Asian Grand Prix 2012
• 2nd, Men’s 4x100m , SEA Games, Palembang
• 4th, Men’s 4x100m, World University Games, Shenzhen
• 3rd, Men’s 4x100m, ASEAN University Games, Chiang Mai
• 4th, Men’s 100m, ASEAN University Games, Chiang Mai
• Semi-finalist, Men’s 4x100m, Asian Games Guangzhou
• Semi-finalist, Men’s 100m, Asian Games, Guangzhou
• Semi-finalist, Men’s 4x100m, Commonwealth Games, New Delhi
• 2nd, Men’s 4x100m, SEA Games, Laos, New National Record
• 4th, Men’s 100m, South-East Asian Games, Laos
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
I hope to improve on my showing from the last sea games. Since I got a bronze at the previous games, I am aiming for silver for the 100m. For the 4x1oom i believe the team is aiming for gold.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
Alhamdulillah my preparations have been going well so far. No major injuries, my performances are improving. I was a bit worried earlier in the year when I kept falling sick but that seems to be better now.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
Quite a huge part of it was time management. When I was in studying in NUS I had to figure out for myself how best to juggle both academic and sporting excellence. Then after I graduated I had to think about how to earn a living and still continue training. Luckily I was able to pursue a full-time running career thanks to help from SA and Sport Singapore.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
It was from a long time ago, back in primary school my teacher asked me to take part in the 100m for sports day and I’ve stuck since and I don’t really like the longer distances anyways.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
Currently I am training with Coach Azmi Ibrahim, former Malaysian national athlete and also former record holder of the Malaysian 100m. He has multiple SEA games medals and has experience training in various countries.
I used to train with Mr Melvin Tan prior to switching coach Azmi and he still produces many top athletes. I also trained under Mr Tang Yew Seng, the first Singaporean to jump over 7m for the long jump in my second year of junior college. Coach Han was my coach when I was in ACS but he has since moved to HCI.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
I have recently started cleaning up my diet. I am reducing the amount of processed foods that I take and have started eating more salads. I think taking supplements is perfectly fine if you know what you are taking and do read up about what’s available in the market. I believe creatine, a good multi vitamin and whey protein are the least an athlete should take.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
I play Diablo 3 quite a lot and I also watch a lot of anime. Stuff on psychology interests me as well.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
Training comes first and I will arrange other matter around training as much as I can. It is all about communication, sacrifice and compromise.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
I gym about twice a week. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I do an aerobic and easy technical session in the morning. The other days will be a mix of speed work, speed endurance work and active recovery sessions.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
I’m almost at the end of my career and I have to say that I would love to get closer to the 100m record and finally getting that 4x100m gold medal would be a dream come true.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
Work hard, play hard. It’s important to surround yourself with positive people. People who understand and share your dreams and aspirations. It’s equally important to be happy and enjoy training.
2nd Jun 2015