Eugenia Tan will most definitely be the in-form sprinter to watch when the National Schools Track and Field Championships comes to a close next Tuesday.
Having set a new B Division Girls 100m record of 12.39sec in the semi-finals last week, the 16-year-old Singapore Sports School student clinched a spectacular double when she rewrote the B Girls 200m mark in today’s final.
After closest rival and schoolmate Shanti Pereira withdrew from today’s final, the stage was set for Eugenia to win the event.
But she did more than that. She blitzed the track to set a new meet record of 25.64sec, breaking Nurulaini Ariffin’s record of 25.65sec, set in 1995, which had been unsurpassed for the past 17 years.
Such was Eugenia’s supremacy today that she was almost a second ahead of nearest rival Sheryl Tey of St Nicholas Girls who crossed the line in 26.84sec.
So now Eugenia has both the 100m and 200m records to her name. And now it remains to be seen if she can complete the “Double-Double” by winning next week’s 100m final.
She will go into the blue ribbon event as the fastest qualifier. Will Shanti (who clocked 12.68sec in Monday’s semis) be able to stop her? Or is her withdrawal today a sign that she is injured? We wait with bated breath.
Congratulations are in order too to Donovan Chan of Hwa Chong Institution and Raymond Lee of St Joseph’s Institution.
Donovan won the A Boys 200m in 21.75sec, just under the meet record of 21.78sec set by Jonah Tang of Raffles Junior College in 2005.
Raymond also entered his name in the record books when he won the B Boys 400m hurdles in 55.04sec, more than 1.4sec faster than the 56.46sec record set by Timothee Yap in 2010.
In fact, there were two record breakers in the event.
In a thrilling finish, Victoria School’s Calvin Quek was beaten at the tap by Raymond but also went under the meet record with his 55.05sec effort. Alas, only Raymond’s name will be captured as the record-break when the Singapore Schools Sports Council rewrites the list of championship record holders for next year’s competition.
The Singapore Sports Fan would like to congratulate Eugenia, Donovan, Raymond and Calvin for their brilliant efforts today. Great job, guys, and keep up the great work!
I would also like to congratulate brave Jannah Wong for gritting her teeth and fighting through the pain of an ankle injury to win the B Girls 100m hurdles on Wednesday.
It was a great story in today’s edition of The Straits Times. The Katong Convent student had hurt her ankle after a freak accident on Tuesday, AFTER she had set a new championship record of 14.83sec in the heats.
Despite the pain, and the discomfort of a tightly-bound ankle, Jannah was too good for the rest of the field in Wednesday’s final, winning it in 14.93sec, which is just 0.1sec off her new record.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan