National sprinter Calvin Kang could not find the accelerator this morning as the 18-year-old finished sixth in his 100m heat in 10.73sec.
The time was 0.2sec slower than the national junior record of 10.53sec which he set at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Jakarta in June.
It was hoped that running alongside Athens Games silver medalist Francis Obikwelu and Walter Dix could help propel Calvin to a new personal best but it was not to be.
Calvin was hanging on to fifth spot at about the 60m mark before Ukrainian Dmytro Glushchenko sped past him to clock 10.57sec and push him into his eventual sixth spot.
The heat which was also marked by a fase start by Paulau’s Jess Tamangrow, saw Obikwelu eventually finishing the race in an easy 10.25sec while Nigeria’s Metu Obinna pipped Dix to the tape in 10.34sec. Dix was third in 10.35sec.
Calvin is unlikely to progress to the next round, and this means that the Olympic debutant, who was given a wild card entry by he Singapore Athletics Association for his string of good peformances in the past 12 months, will have one more overseas competition left on his calendar.
He is expected to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India, in October.
(More updates on this post later)
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan