Up-and-coming discus thrower Chan Zhi Xuan marked her final year of participation at the National Schools Track and Field Championships in style, and in very much the same manner as she did with the previous editions – by setting a new record in her discipline.
The Anglo-Chinese Junior College student hurled 38.86m in the Girls A Division final at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium to win the gold comfortably, and erase the championship record of 38.60m which she set last year.
It was also the first record of this year’s championships, and was set on the first day of competition.
Zhi Xuan was such a class above her rivals that she finished eight metres ahead of second-placed Nicole Heng of Raffles Institution, who threw 30.80m.
Zhi Xuan will bow out of the National Schools Championships with a rare accomplishment of holding all three Divisional championship records – the A, B and C marks.
The Singapore Sports Fan would like to congratulate Zhi Xuan on her magnificent achievements and hopes to see her eventually going on to represent the country with distinction at the SEA Games. Fingers crossed. IN the meantime, well done, Zhi Xuan.
Two other new records have also been set at this year’s meet.
On Thursday, Nur Izlyn Zaini of the Singapore Sports School made people sit
up and take notice with her blistering run of 12.74sec in the C Division Girls 100m heats. The time is 0.01sec faster than current sprint sensation Shanti Pereira’s 12.75sec record which she set in 2010.
Can Izlyn go even faster in Monday’s semi-finals and in the final on April 10? We wait with bated breath.
The third record was set by pole vaulter Chan Sheng Yao of Hwa Chong Institution today. He cleared a height of 4.64m in the B Division Boys final to shatter the record height of 4.38m which he set last year.
My heartiest congratulations to both of them.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan