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Newsflash: Calvin finishes sixth in Olympics 100m heat

National sprinter Calvin Kang could not find the accelerator this morning as the 18-year-old finished sixth in his 100m heat in 10.73sec.

The time was 0.2sec slower than the national junior record of 10.53sec which he set at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Jakarta in June.

It was hoped that running alongside Athens Games silver medalist Francis Obikwelu and Walter Dix could help propel Calvin to a new personal best but it was not to be.

Calvin was hanging on to fifth spot at about the 60m mark before Ukrainian Dmytro Glushchenko sped past him to clock 10.57sec and push him into his eventual sixth spot.

The heat which was also marked by a fase start by Paulau’s Jess Tamangrow, saw Obikwelu eventually finishing the race in an easy 10.25sec while Nigeria’s Metu Obinna pipped Dix to the tape in 10.34sec. Dix was third in 10.35sec.

Calvin is unlikely to progress to the next round, and this means that the Olympic debutant, who was given a wild card entry by he Singapore Athletics Association for his string of good peformances in the past 12 months, will have one more overseas competition left on his calendar.

He is expected to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India, in October.

(More updates on this post later)

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

14 August: Newsflash – Calvin to race against Walter Dix nd Francis Obikwelu in 100m heat

9 July: Newsflash – Calvin Kang qualifies for World Junior 100m semis 

22 June: Newsflash – Calvin shows consistency, Stefan’s preparations take a small dent 

20 June: Month-long German stint for World Juniors qualifiers Calvin and Stefan 




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Newsflash: Calvin to race against Walter Dix and Francis Obikwelu in 100m heat

National sprinter Calvin Kang will find himself rubbing shoulders with US sprinter Walter Dix and Olympic silver medallist Francis Obikwelu during his 100m heat at the Beijing Olympics tomorrow morning (10.33am).


The 18-year-old Singapore Sports School graduate was given a wildcard entry to the Games by the Singapore Athletics Association after setting a national junior record of 10.53sec at the Asian Junior Championships in Jakarta in June. He is the youngest Singapore sprinter to compete at the Games ever since Kesavan Soon ran as a 17-year-old at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.


Dix is a two-time US College 100m champion. The 22-year-old Florida State University undergraduate clocked a wind-assisted 9.80sec behind Tyson Gay (9.68sec) at the US Olympic trials last month.


After winning the 100m silver at the Athens Olypmpics, Portuguese sprinter Obikwelu subsequently went on to score the 100m and 200m double at the 2006 European Championships. The 30-year-old has a personal best time of 9.86sec.


Calvin will be running in Lane 4 tomorrow, next to Dix on Lane Five and Obikwelu on Lane Three.


The other five sprinters in the heat are

* Nigeria’s Metu Obinna (PB: 10.16sec). The 20-year-old won the 100m and 200m during the Dakar leg of the IAAF Grand Prix Series;

* Canada’s Anson Henry (PB: 10.12sec), a semi-finalist at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan;

* Ukrainian Dmytro Glushchenko (PB: 10.25sec) who helped his country to finish seventh in the 4x100m relay at the 2006 European Championships;

* Jesse Tamangrow (PB: 11.47sec) of Palau and

* Michandong Reginaldo (PB: 11.59sec) of Guinea.


Calvin is unlikely to advance into the semi-finals but being in the presence of Dix, Obikelu, Obinna, Henry and Glushchenko could help propel him into a new national junior record. That is his stated goal, anyway. As he said in an interview with The Straits Times before his depature for Beijing: “I see the Olympics as my transition from junior to senior level.”


The teenager also enters tomorrow’s race in decent form. He clocked 10.62sec in his heat at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland last month to become the first Singaporean to qualify for the semi-finals. He clocked 10.75sec subsequently and didn’t qualify for the final.


The Singapore Sports Fan wishes Calvin all the best and hopes he can set a new national junior mark tomorrow.


Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan 


Related links

9 July: Newsflash – Calvin Kang qualifies for World Junior 100m semis 

22 June: Newsflash – Calvin shows consistency, Stefan’s preparations take a small dent 

20 June: Month-long German stint for World Juniors qualifiers Calvin and Stefan 

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Who else after Calvin, Amanda and Balpreet? Well, here are three other names to track

The report:

TODAY reported on the contrasting fortunes of rising young sprinters Shahrir Mohd Anuar and Habibah Najihahbi in their respective 100m finals at the 11th Thailand Sports School Games. Shahrir was pipped to the gold in the Boys U-16 final in a controversial photo finish. He finished in 11.11secs, 0.01sec behind the Thai victor. Habibah, on the other hand, took the Girls U-14 title after staging a great come-from-behind surge to beat her rival at the tape. She clocked 13.09sec. You can check out the report here.

My thoughts:

Apart from Calvin Kang, Amanda Choo and Balpreet Kaur, there are three other junior sprinters I’ve been keeping tabs on: Shahrir Mohd Anuar, Liang Wei and Habibah Najihahbi.

The progress that the trio – all from the Singapore Sports School – have made in the past six months has really been a joy to behold.

Although he is still only 15, Shahrir has already conquered the 11-second barrier. His personal best is currently 10.88sec, which he clocked at the recent International Children’s Games en route to winning the U-15 100m final (see report here).

Prior to that, he had clocked 10.90sec in the Boys U-17 100m final at the 34th Singapore Junior Athletics Championships.

Now those are pretty impressive timings, especially when you consider that Calvin Kang was 16 when he clocked 10.88sec at the 2006 National Junior Championships.

It is going to be really interesting to track Shahrir’s development over the next 12 months to see if he can emerge as Calvin’s strongest rival in the century sprint. And I can only see good coming out of this for Calvin as the SEA Games comes around next year because he is definitely going to need someone constantly snapping at his heels and breathing down his neck if he is to become a real medal contender for the 100m.

Shahrir’s progress will also spell good news for the national 4x100m relay squad as they attempt to qualify for the SEA Games.   

Another Secondary Three student to look out for is 15-year-old Liang Wei who currently holds the national U-15 record of 12.74sec.

Making her debut in the Girls U-17 100ms, she clocked 12.83sec in the heats before going on to win the final in 12.89sec. A month later, she posted a set of eyebrow-raising times at the ICG. 

After clocking a new personal best of 12.86sec in the preliminaries, she then did a stunning 12.58sec to advance into the semis.

The 15-year-old then showed that the timing was no fluke in her next two races as she first did 12.63sec in the semi-finals before registering a new PB of 12.56sec in the final (she finished a creditable third by the way).

Liang Wei not only took the bronze with that timing, her 12.56sec also makes her Singapore’s fifth fastest woman this season behind national record holder Amanda Choo (12.12sec), national junior record holder Balpreet Kaur (12.23sec), Wong Ze Teng and Ann Siao Mei (the latter two clocked 12.52sec and 12.53sec respectively at the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union’s Pre-Olympic meet early last month).   

If this spunky teenager continues to make good progress next year, she’s not only going to become a useful addition to the national women’s 4x100m squad as it prepares to qualify for the SEA Games but also a strong contender for one of the four actual relay spots.

Finally, keep a watch on young Habibah Najihahbi, who, at the tender age of 14, is already clocking times that belie her age.

Habibah first served notice of her promise at the Singapore Juniors when she broke the 13-second barrier in the Girls U-15 100m heats. She clocked 12.96sec – a time that was faster than most of the bulk of the sprinters competing in the U-20 category.

But it was at the ICG which she really gave a glimpse of the exciting future that lies before her. She first did a PB of 12.92sec in the heats before recording a stunning 12.75sec in the quarter-finals.

Habibah then clocked 13.04sec in the semis and the final. She finished last incidentally but really, there’s no shame in that at all when you look at her timings.

It’s going to be fun to watch what sort of progress she will be making over the next 12 months.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

13 June – Newsflash: Calvin rewrites national junior 100m mark

6 July – And Balpreet makes it 15 (pity that two others slipped away though)

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