Shereen will­ing to put aside 400m for her mother

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SHEREEN Sam­son Val­labouy is will­ing to risk ag­gra­vat­ing a ham­string in­jury to help the coun­try win a medal in the women’s 4x400m at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

But in a com­pro­mise reached with her mother and coach Josephine Mary, Shereen agreed to forego run­ning the 400m event as she put her am­bi­tion to em­u­late the suc­cesses of her par­ents on the back­burner, for two more years at least.

Such is Shereen’s de­ter­mi­na­tion, the young­ster worked hard to re­cover from her in­jury which hap­pened just a day be­fore she was due to leave for the Asian Cham­pi­onships in early July.

That nearly put the 19-yearold’s plan to run at the Sea Games, which be­gins on Aug 19, in jeop­ardy but Shereen is glad to have re­cov­ered suf­fi­ciently to at least line up for the re­lay.

“I was in­jured while train­ing for the re­lay. At first I felt tight­ness and then I pulled the ham­string. But af­ter do­ing re­hab for a month, I’m pro­gress­ing well and re­cov­er­ing,” said Shereen in an in­ter­view ar­ranged by her spon­sor Un­der Ar­mour.

“I’ve started to run again in train­ing. I won’t run the 400m as I need time to re­cover and I’m not ready to push yet. So I will only be run­ning in the re­lay and one run should be okay. If more than that then I would stress the ham­string so I don’t mind help­ing the team.”

Shereen won two bronze medals in her Sea Games de­but in Sin­ga­pore two years ago in the 400m and 4x400m.

Her fa­ther, Sam­son Val­labouy, won 800m gold medals in 1989 and 1991 while Josephine was a 400m-800m dou­ble win­ner in 1987.

“I was re­ally look­ing for­ward to run at the Sea Games and ev­ery­thing was go­ing to plan un­til the in­jury hap­pened,” said Shereen. “I feel quite down but I take it as a chal­lenge.”

Shereen, who was part of the 4x100m quar­tet that broke the na­tional record at the Thai­land Open in June, will in­stead com­bine with Fathin Nur­faqi­hah Yu­sof, Nu­rul Faizah Asma Ma­zlan and M. Tanalak­si­umy in an at­tempt to im­prove on their third­place show­ing in 2015.

On be­ing spon­sored by Un­der Ar­mour, Shereen said: “I feel re­ally com­fort­able us­ing their gear. It fits me per­fectly and is re­ally use­ful in train­ing.” Devin­der Singh

Shereen Sam­son Val­labouy is suf­fer­ing from a ham­string in­jury.

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