Two Singapore Sports School students have broken national records at the track and field competition of the Thailand Sports School Games. Hurdler Goh Wei Ning broke Dipna Lim-Prasad’s 100m hurdles record of 15.20sc when she clocked 15.08sec in the Girls U-16 final.
Then, Shanti Pereira broke Valerie Pereira’s national U-15 200m record f 26.05sec when she won the Girls U-14 gold in 26.03sec. Incidentally, Valerie is Shanti’s older sister.
The Singapore Sports Fan would like to congratulate Wei Ning and Shanti on their achievements. What is even more encouraging are their ages vis-a-vis the ages of the athletes whose records they broke.
Wei Ning just turned 15 but broke a record set by an 18-year-old (Dpina) while Shanti is only 13, compared to her sister wo was 14 when she set the national age-group mark.
Here’s the report which appeared in The Straits Times on Monday:
Wei Ning sets record to make amends
(The Straits Times, 10 Aug 2009)
By Gerard Wong
WHEN Goh Wei Ning did not get selected for the Asian Youth Games (AYG) three months ago, she cried her heart out for days.
The Singapore Sports School student lost the chance to compete in the girls’ 100m hurdles at the AYG, after she was beaten by CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School sprinter Inez Leong at the Schools National Track and Field Championships in April.
‘I was very disappointed, but the loss was also a wake-up call for me,’ said Wei Ning, who clocked 15.21sec in the B Division 100m hurdles final to finish second behind Inez (15.14sec). ‘It spurred me to train harder.’
All the hard training paid off on Saturday, when Wei Ning set a national junior record in the 100m hurdles at the Thailand Sports School Games.
The Secondary Three student, 15, sprinted to the gold in the girls’ Under-16 final in 15.08sec. The time shattered 18-year-old Dipna Lim Prasad’s record of 15.20sec, which was set at the South-east Asia Junior Athletics Championships in June.
Her school will be submitting the time to the SAA to be ratified as a new national junior mark.
‘I was confident of winning but I was stunned by the time,’ said Wei Ning, who won the U-14 gold last year.
Her coach, Viatchelsav Vassiliev, was also pleasantly surprised.
‘From her training, I had expected her to clock about 15.2,’ said the Georgian. ‘This is a good boost for her because it ends her competitive season on a high note.
‘The new time will motivate her to go all out to qualify for next year’s Youth Olympics.’
Wei Ning agreed.
‘I lost the chance to compete in the AYG, so I am determined not to miss out on the biggest one that Singapore will be hosting,’ she said.
Wei Ning was not the only national record breaker on Saturday.
Sports School Secondary One student Shanti Pereira, 13, won the girls’ U-14 200m final in 26.03sec to break the national U-15 record of 26.05 by a whisker. That record was set by her older sister, Valerie, in 2004.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan