The Singapore Sports School completed a clean sweep of all the B and C Division triple jump events a the 50th National Schools Track and Field Championships when it won the B Boys and C Boys and Girls titles yesterday.
Muhammad Taufiq Azman ended four barren years in the sandpit when he took the B Boys title with his 13.85m effort.
For the past four years, the 17-year-old Sports School student had been living in the shadows of his more illustrious schoolmates such as Dickson Chen, Matthew Goh and Stefan Tseng.
In 2007, he finished ninth with 12.22m while Dickson took the gold with his 13.76m effort. Last year, even though he was the lone Sports School competitor, he finished fourth with his 13.27m effort. Kenneth Tan of Hwa Chong Institution took the gold (13.56m).
Yesterday, Taufiq was way ahead of his rivals as he took the gold. Shashi Kumar Hazra of St Joseph’s Institution, took the silver with 13.42m, while SyafiqPoh of Raffles Institution was third in 13.24m.
Taufiq,who is trained by national jumps coach Valeri Obidko, can also take pride in the fact that his gold-medal distance also surpasses the A Division Boys’ winning distance of 13.58m. It means that he stands a good chance of winning the A Division gold next year if he goes on to junior college.
Zulaikha Rahmat of the Sports School was also a triumphant triple jumper yesterday. She won the C Div Girls title after jumping 10.01m. Cherilyn Lee of Chung Cheng High was second with 9.81m while Felicia Yong of St Nicholas Girls was third with 9.68m
In the afternoon, Quah Lin Dang won the gold by a whisker with his best attempt of 12.18m. It was a mere four centimetres further than nearest rival Daniel Chin of HCI who leapt 12.14m. RI’s Lemuel Low was third with 11.90m.
The trio’s wins mans that the Sports School has swept all the triple jump titles at B and C Division level as Nurshaishireen Mohd Rahim had won the B Division Girls triple jump gold on Wednesday.
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Singapore Sports Fan