Singapore Sports School student T.Piriyah has established herself as one of the favourites to win the Girls’ 16 years 400m hurdles at the Pacific School Games In Canberra, Australia, after setting a personal best in her heat this afternoon.
The 16-year-old student, who smashed the Girls B Div 400m hurdles record twice (66.05sec in the heat followed by 63.86sec in the final) at the 49th National Schools Track and Field Championships in July, sliced yet another 0.46sec off her fastest time wih her 63.40sec effort today.
She finished second in her heat, behind Jessi Elliot of New South Wales, who won in 63.22sec. Both girls’ timings also went below the eight-year-old Pacific Games record of 63.84sec.
Piriyah, who is coached by former Georgian national hurdle champion Viatcheslev Vassiliev at the Sports School, is now not only one of three favourites to win the 400m hurdle gold in Friday’s final (the third being Lisa Celi of New South Wales who clocked 63.61sec in her heat), she is now another step closer to breaking the national record for the event.
Her time is now just a whisker behind Norshidah Mohd Ali’s 24-year national open and junior record of 62.80sec. Whether she is able to achieve it in Canberra or by next year remains to be seen.
The Singapore Sports Fan wishes Piriyah all the best in her quest for gold on Friday.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan