Newsbreak: Amanda Choo cracks her national 100m record at Negri Sembilan Open

Singapore’s top female sprinter Amanda Choo has broken her national 100m record at the Negri Sembilan Open.

The 22-year-old, who is coached by Loh Chan Pew, clocked 12.03sec in her heat on Saturday morning to eclipse her three-year-old record of 12.12sec which she set at the 2007 South-east Asian Games.

Her feat also makes her the first athlete to set a new national open record this year.

Amanda went on to the final but did not win in the end. She suffered from the law of diminishing returns as the meet organisers had bizzarely arranged for the semi-finals and the final to be held on the same day.

She clocked 12.17sec in her semi-final and then 12.37sec, behind Malaysia’s Siti Zubaidah who won in 12.29sec.

It was also a good day at the races for national serviceman Calvin Kang who clocked a season’s best time of 10.61sec.

It’s 0.08sec off his national junior record of 10.53sec which he set in 2008.But when you consider that Calvin only resumed serious training this year after being out for almost a year because of national service duties, it’s, all in,  a very promising sign.

Calvin later went on to win the final in 10.95sec, just ahead of fellow national sprinter Izwan Firdaus (11.01sec)

Singapore also won two golds in the jumps on Saturday.

Long jumper Matthew Goh won the men’s event with his 7.27m effort, which is 0.35m short of his national record of 7.62m while Ronnie Cai won the high jump with his best effort of 2.05m.

On Sunday, triple jumper Stefan Tseng cleared a very decent 15.92m to win the event. Although it is off his national record of 16.04m, it is a good distance considering that he entered national service at the start of the year and has not had the opportunity to train regularly with coach Valeri Obidko.

Let’s hope it all works out for Stefan — that he ends up in a vocation that will enable him to train regularly and qualify for the Asian Games.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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