Congratulations to Singapore Sports School sprinters Shanti Pereira and Eugenia Tan.
The two 13-year-olds, who are coached by Chilean Pedro Acuna, got the 51st National Schools Track and Field Championships off to a rousing start on its first day on Thursday by taking turns to break the Girls C Division 200m record.
Shanti earned the distinction of being the first record-breaker of the Championships when she clocked 26.54sec in her heat. The time is 0.04sec faster than the record of 26.58sec which was set by her sister, Valerie Pereira, in 2004.
But Eugenia wiped Shanti’s name off that record mere minutes later when she clocked 26.30sec in her heat.
There is a very strong possibility that both girls will lower the mark even further in the days to come (the semi-finals will be held next week while the final will be on the following week).
After all, Shanti is the current national U-15 record holder. She had set the new record at last August’s Thailand Sports School Games with her time of 26.03sec.
Also, two weeks ago, the Secondary Two student clocked 25.84sec in the Girls U-14 200m at the West Australian Little Athletics Championships (better known generally as WALA). However, that time cannot be ratified as a national record as there were no wind gauges at the meet.
Both girls also clearly pulled their punches during their heats at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium – in other words, they didn’t go all out.
So yes, I am looking forward to watching them in action next week and the week after.
All the best to the both of them.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan