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OLYMPICS: Brunei's record-breaker

Brunei's first female Olympian - Mahusin

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The 2012 Olympics have been historic for women in sports. Runner Maziah Mahusin discusses how she felt about being Brunei's first female Olympian, and setting a new national record.

In London, Mahusin became the first woman to represent the southeast Asian nation. Competing in the 400 meters, the 19-year-old set a new national record with a time of 59.28 seconds. If that wasn't historic enough, she was also the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies.

DW: How did you feel about competing in the Olympics?

Maziah Mahusin: I feel deeply honored. It's a dream come true. I never expected to compete in the Olympics this early. I feel happy for being able to represent Brunei and especially for being the first female athlete [from Brunei to compete in the Olympics]. I'm really grateful.

DW: Was it a surprise when you first found out that you'd be going to the Olympics?

Maziah Mahusin:  I never thought that I would be competing in an Olympics someday. I was really surprised. But here I am, competing in an Olympics. I'm really happy. more...

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