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Name: Zubin Percy Muncherji
Date of Birth: 23 June 1996 (19yrs)
Personal Best(s): 47.29s (400m Men, 2014 Asian Jr.)
Career Highlight(s): National record holder 400 m. Silver medalist SEA youth. Qualified for IAAF World Youth and World Juniors
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
I’m aiming for Gold for the 400 m individual and a top 3 in the 4×400 m event plus hopefully in National record time.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
Now I’m training in the USA in preparation for the SEA Games.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
Biggest challenges in my athletic career has been dealing with injuries and balancing studies.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
I switched to the 400m on the advice of my coach who thought I had potential after I ran a good timing in an open meet. I love the 400m as it is exciting because it has both speed and endurance which thrills me.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
My curent coach is Kamarulzaman bin Tahir. He’s an extremely dedicated and committed coach putting his athlete’s interest above everything else. Sport is his passion. Without him I would not be where I am today.
My previous coach was Shathik M. I am indebted to him for building my foundation in athletics.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
My diet and nutrition is completely taken care of by my mom. I do believe a proper diet is an essential part of an athlete’s program. Supplements do help to a certain extent but it cannot replace a well-balanced diet.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
It’s a challenge to balance training with studies, all my time devoted to both. While Sundays are reserved for family time especially dinner time.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
3 days a week gym/plyo/core and 3 times a week track/technical-training/core.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
I want to make Singapore proud by winning as many medals for her. I am also working towards my goal to become no. 1 in Asia in the 400m men event.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
Train insane or remain the same. Never give up.
3rd May 2015