Qualifying for the SEA Games started with a dream for Ziq Junaidy
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It all started with a dream. Mohammad Haziq Junaidy started by writing down his goal in 2017. Step by step, his plan became a reality to represent Malaysia in the Philippines SEA Games 2019.
Popularly known as Ziq, he qualified for the mixed relay Duathlon debuting in the SEA Games, featuring a team of 2 men and 2 women with Chong Xian Hao, Allison Yee, Yeong Zhen Yi and himself. Each athlete will take turns racing the duathlon format comprising – Run 2km – Bike 8km – Run 1km.
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The Gombak-born started with fun runs back in 2016, and delved into cycling. Progressing in both disciplines seemed too easy for Ziq, as he was intrigued to pick up swimming as well to pursue triathlon.
Recently, Ziq has just started a full-time job at an engineering firm but still manages to juggle his training schedule to prepare for the games. He currently trains with Team TIME Triathlon as base training under the guidance of their coaches, and pushes himself to his limits and attain greater miles with fellow relay partner, Chong Xian Hao.
Ziq is also advised and supported by Hammer Nutrition Malaysia to ensure his optimum performance for the upcoming SEA Games.
Although Ziq has only been dabbling in triathlon and duathlon in the last three years and racing actively in the last two, the sterling young lad has already notched many titles and victories in these sports. At the recent inaugural ITU Multisport World Cup in China, Ziq finished a commendable 11th place in the Duathlon. Earlier this year, he won his age category and placed 9th overall too for the Classic distance at the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championship in Malaysia.
Family plays a big role in Ziq’s racing career as they turn out to support him in full force at local races, and that forms one of his success pillars. Ziq strongly believes his success comes from his parents’ blessings to pursue his dreams.
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