The secret of Khalid Mulazim’s 52.02 American record 400 for M50
My chat with Khalid:
Masterstrack.com: Have you gone faster as an M50?
Khalid Mulazim: 51.21 has been my fastest time as a M50. I ran 51.86 last year indoors then labored through injuries during outdoors but managed to win 400 outdoors with 52.12 I believe. (It was 52.11 at Grand Rapids nationals.)
What was ABQ exhibition race like? Did you go out too fast? Feel the elevation?
I never told anyone except my wife that I was suffering from a virus with flu-like symptoms. I was getting sicker by the hour on Saturday and Sunday. I was shivering so badly that I almost passed out after I returned to the warmup area. My body was shutting down slowly. My muscles were weak and not fired up. Had no appetite after Saturday evening. Definitely did not go out too fast. Does not mean I would have won, but I would have broken 52, it was a great and fun atmosphere. I have no voice now.
Whatâ€™s your indoor season goal? Any more shots at WR?Definitely met my first goal by breaking American record. If WMA does not recognize Rolandâ€™s record, then I would have met my second goal.Â
What are your meet plans for outdoors?
I have a few outdoor meets lined up, weather permittingÂ
When will you go for Sowerby outdoor WR of 51.39?
My primary outdoor goal is to be the first M50 to break Sowerbyâ€™s record because there are others who have the potential to break it besides Roland.
Do you give any credence to the sub-50 claims by David Kalembo?
I never met Kalembo. I saw his race on YouTube and it really motivated me to train hard to produce fast results once I turned 50.Â
Whatâ€™s your main job now? Still have connection with Air Force?
Iâ€™m contemplating retiring from education and the Air Force this summer.