This appeared in The Sunday Times:
Sports School teen sets hurdles record
(The Sunday Times, 4 July 2010)
Singapore Sports School student T. Piriyah has broken the national 400m hurdles record for the second time in three months.
The 18-year-old came in third in 61.69 seconds at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Hanoi.
She had first lowered the mark with her time of 62.74sec at the Pahang Open in May. The record had been intact since Noshidah Ali’s 62.8sec set in 1984.
It’s really great to see Piriyah in record-smashing form again. It sounds like she’s been steadily gaining in confidence in her abilities after finally breaking Norshidah Ali’s 26-year-old mark at the Pahang Open in May.
Piriyah’s time is still about 1.38sec off the bronze-medal winning time of 60.31sec set by Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Bac at last year’s South-east Asian Games.
But there’s still a long time to go before the next SEA Games so I am confident that she can continue to edge closer towards the qualifying time.
Hey, after all, her new national record is a second faster than the time she set in May.
Great job, Piriyah, and my heartiest congratulations to you and your coach, Viatchelsav Vassiliev.
By the way, in case you all have been wondering, I’ve not been blogging the past month because of work commitments, and yes, because of the World Cup.
I am well aware that several new developments have taken place in Singapore sports, most notably the leadership change at the Singapore Athletics Association, and the re-inclusion of the 4x100m men’s relay team for the Commonwealth and Asian Games. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have the time or the energy to sit down and think hard about the issues at hand.
All I can say is my best wishes to Tang Weng Fei and his team. There are many green shoots sprouting in Singapore athletics and I hope he and his team will be able to make sure these young promising talents realise their full medal-winning potentials.
I was also glad to read too that U. K Shyam is back in competitive running and is vying for a place in the 4x100m quartet for the Commonwealth and Asian Games.
Wow, has it been nine years since he broke C Kunalan’s national 100m record and won a silver at the 2001 SEA Games in KL. And he’s still clocking 10.9secs today at age 34? Not shabby at all for someone who has apparently been training just for the fun of it.
I hope to be back and writing more regularly after the World Cup.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan