Ato coaching Saudis

KUALA LUMPUR: Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago will return to the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil for the MAAU-NSC All-Comers meet on Nov 3-4 – this time as a coach.

In 1998, Boldon set the National Stadium ablaze with a blistering 9.88 run to set a new 100m record in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He beat pre-Games favourite Frankie Fredericks of Namibia (9.96) and Obedele Thomson of Bahamas (10.00) into second and third places respectively. Boldon, however, will be here this time as Saudi Arabia’s sprint coach.

The 1997 world champion in the 200m will also be the Malaysia Amateur Athletics Union’s (MAAU) special guest to commemorate the union’s centennial celebrations.

MAAU president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said Boldon’s presence at the celebrations would be a great honour for Malaysian athletics and sports as a whole.

“He almost single-handedly put Trinidad and Tobago on the world map through his feats, especially by winning medals in the Olympics and World Championships,” said Shahidan in a statement.

Saudi Arabia are among the 36 countries invited for the All-Comers meet, which offers RM20,000 prize money for the best five athletes from the 23 selected events contested. – Bernama