UMMI Hamimah Mohamad is in a race against time to whip up a flying lap time for the 200m sprint at the UCI Track Juniors World Championships in Invercargill, New Zealand on Aug 22-26.

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Her personal best of 13.1 seconds isn’t good enough for the 18-year old to remain training with the elite squad in Melbourne and Ummi Hamimah wants to get through this obstacle first.

Ummi Hamimah has been set a 12.7s target by head coach John Beasley, should she want to remain in Melbourne, and on current form she isn’t exactly confident of meeting it.

“I’ve been disappointed with my performance in training since I returned here from the Malaysia Games,” said Ummi Hamimah.

“It’s not been too good, but I believe I can improve in the coming weeks before we taper off and then head for New Zealand.”

Having won two gold medals in the 200m sprint and the 500m time trial at the Malaysia Games in Pahang last month, Ummi Hamimah will join Mohd Firdaus Suardi and Malek Marcus McRone in Malaysia’s squad for the Invercargill assignment.

She has been entered for the 200m sprint, 500m time trial and keirin.

“I feel it’s a 50/50 chance of me making that time. There’s a couple of weeks to go, maybe I can work a little bit more on strength.”