Prabudass Breaks National Half Marathon Record in Australia!

  • 08 Jul 2019

Long distance runner K Prabudass has broken the national half marathon record by clocking in an impressive 1’07:29 in the 41st Gold Coast Marathon in Australia, yesterday. 

The 29-year-old Navy Lance Corporal from Negeri Sembilan, finished 29th among 4,198 runners in the 21km event, in the pouring rain. 

Prabudass' achievement erased the 15-yar-old national record 1′:07:59s held by former national runner M Arul Thevar since July 2004. His previous best was 1’13:03 at the National Sports Day in Bukit Jalil last year

He is now a contender for the 5,000m event gold medal at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines in November.

Commenting on his win, Prabudass said he was proud of the victory. 

"I’m feeling good and proud. I was expecting to run my personal best but the weather was not so good this morning. The rain was quite heavy, but I still managed to keep my pace and break the record.

“For now, I have no plans until the next event, maybe in September. After this I will be going back to track competitions to prepare for the SEA Games, focusing on the 5,000m, which is my favourite event.

“Road is different from track; we can’t compare them. But this performance has surely given me some boost to prepare for the SEA Games,” the 2017 KL SEA Games silver medallist was quoted telling Bernama.

Having improved his personal best twice in the 5,000m event - 14:37.52 at the Nippon Sport Science University (NSSU) meet in Kenshidai, Japan in March, and 14:33.10 at the second series of the NSSU two months later, Prabudass' next aim is to break the national record of 14:06.84 set by M Ramachandran in 1994.

Source: Bernama, The Star
Photo source: Prabudass Facebook

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