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Newsbreak: Dipna Lim-Prasad breaks national 100m hurdles record

Well done, Dipna Lim-Prasad!

My sources tell me that the 18-year-old runner cracked the national women’s 100m hurdles record at the 86th Malaysia Open at Bukit Jalil this afternoon.

Although she finished last, she clocked 14.72sec to eclipse Eileen Chai’s record of 14.81sec which was set in South Korea in 2005.

It goes without saying that Dipna’s time is also a new national junior record too.

In fact, she broke the national junior mark twice today – she had clocked 14.84sec in the heats to erase Goh Wei Ning’s mark of 15.08sec.

It means that Dipna has already broken the national junior mark four times this year.

She first broke it at the Negri Sembilan Open in April (15.40sec) and then repeated the feat at the South-east Asia Junior Championships in June (15.20sec).

Dipna’s successes in the 100m is all the more impressive when you learn that the 400m runner and hurdler only made the switch to the 100m hurdles at the start of this year.

And her coach, Viatcheslav Vassiliev, is apparently confident that his young charge is capable of raising the bar several times next year. In fact, he is tipping her to qualify for the World Junior Championships. To do so means that she has to meet the qualifying time of 14.14sec.

If Dipna achieves that, it would also move her closer to becoming one of the top hurdlers in South-east Asia. As yesterday’s final results show, she is definitely not there yet.

Far from it, to be brutally truthful.

The times don’t lie: Yesterday’s final was won by Indonesian Dedeh Erawati, the reigning SEA Games champion, in 13.34sec.  Sheena Antilano of the Philippines was second in 13.99sec while South Korea’s Ahn Jae Hee was third in 14.32sec.

But what Dipna has on her side is time and her youth.

She was the only teenager in an otherwise adult field yesterday. All the rest were in their mid-20s. Which means that with careful grooming and guidance, she has time and the potential to turn into a top hurdler.

By the way, Dipna’s feat also makes her the fifth Sports School student to enter the national senior record books for athletics.

The other four are Stefan Tseng (triple jump), Matthew Goh (long jump), Calvin Cheng (long jump, before it was broken by Matthew) and Mariam Shazana (triple jump).

Why am I mentioning this?

Because I want to leave you with a final thought: would all these breakthroughs have been possible if the Singapore Athletic Association had not ceded its youth development programme to the Sports School a few years back?

Back to Dipna again:

Great job, young lady! I look forward to keeping track of your progress in the hurdles in the coming months.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsflash: Matthew breaks national long jump record, qualifies for SEA Games

Heartiest congratulations to national jumper Matthew Goh!

The Singapore Sports Fan hears from his sources in Vietnam that the 18-year-old has not only broken the national open record for the long jump at the South-east Asia Junior Athletics Championships but has also qualified for this December’s SEA Games in Laos.

Apparently, Matthew leapt 7.53 metres – an improvement of 18 centimentres on his personal best of 7.37m – to win the event and break the national open and junior record of 7.45m set by Calvin Cheng last year.

It is also five centimetres further than the SEA Games qualifying mark of 7.48m, which is the bronze-medal winning distance at the last SEA Games in Korat, Thailand.

That’s not all.

The result is also a new SEA Junior Championships record. The previous meet record was 7.17m. Thailand’s Supanara Ayudara finished second with 7.48m while Malaysia’s Mohd Hakimi Ismail took the bronze with 7.23m.

This is a wonderful achievement for Matthew who has been quietly slogging away at the sand-pit this past year and it is definitely just reward for the consistency he has shown so far this year.

At the 4th All Comers Meet in April, he chalked up that personal best of 7.37m. The Auckland University of Technology student and Singapore Sports School alumnus also leapt 6.99m at the Arafura Games last month. 

Now it remains to be seen whether he will be one of the three athletes standing on the podium at the Laos SEA Games at the end of the year.

Matthew is not the only jumper from national jumps coach Valeri Obidko’s stable to set a new national record today. 

Mariam Shazana broke her national triple jump record for the second time this year and the sixth time in her fledgling jumping careeer when she cleared 11.73m.

The distance is three centimetres more than the 11.70m she set at the Negri Sembilan Open in May.

However, it is still off the 12.00m qualifying mark that she needs to meet in order to qualify for next month’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Italy. 

The qualifying period for the World Youth Championships is from 1 January 2008 to 22 June 2009. So, unless the SAA is able to find her a couple more meets to compete in between now to 21 June, it looks like Mariam will miss the boat.

The SSF congratulates Matthew for his four achievements in a single day (national open record, national junior record, SEA Junior Athletics Championships record and qualification for the SEA Games) and Mariam for breaking her national record once again.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newflash: Matthew Goh and Calvin Cheng in 1-2 finish at Arafura Games

National jumpers Matthew Goh and Calvin Cheng clinched gold and silver respectively in the men’s long jump this afternoon at the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia.

Matthew, 17, took the title with his 6.99-metre leap, although the distance is some way off his pesonal best of 7.37m set at the 4th All-Comers Meet last month.

Calvin, 18, finished second with his best effort of 6.79m, which was also a long way off his national open and junior record of 7.45m and his season’s best of 7.12m, set at the Negri Sembilan Open last month.

However, national jumps coach Valeri Obidko was reasonably satisfied with his charges’ results as “they were competing against a strong head win.”

Matthew and Calvin are two of the eight-strong Singapore team that is taking part in the biennial Games.

The other jumpers are Dickson Chen, Stefan Tseng, Mariam Shazana and Nurul Jannah. Sprinters Dipna Lim-Prasad and Balpreet Kaur are also competing.

Mariam will be competing in the Women’s Triple Jump tomorrow.

The 17-year-old, who broke the national triple jump record for the fifth time in her career last month when she cleared 11.70m at the Negri Smbilan Open, is trying to qualify for the IAAF World Youth Championships, which will be held in Italy in July.

To do so, she has to clear 12metres, the qualifying standard for the Championships.  

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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4 April 2009- Newsflash: Matthew Goh misses national long jump record by 8cms

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