SINGAPORE- For athletes like Amiruddin Jamal, the modus operandi is simple: Go faster.
When he realised he could not, he knew he had to do something.
After an eventful few years, Amiruddin is raring to go at the 2013 South-east Asia (SEA) Games, which officially opens in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Wednesday.
While teammate Gary Yeo is the Singapore No. 1 and the reigning silver medallist, Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) chief Tang Weng Fei tipped Amiruddin to pull off a surprise in the men's 100m in Myanmar in an interview with The New Paper recently.
He wouldn't have been so bullish in 2010, when the sprinter - who was part of the national relay team - felt like he had reached a plateau.
"I found myself stuck," Amiruddin told TNP, in an interview last week.
"I clocked 10.62sec at the 2009 SEA Games (in Vientiane, Laos) and for a year after that, it seemed like I just couldn't improve on my time.
"So for a while, that was my personal best."