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National Schools Track and Field Championships – Chan Zhi Xuan does it again

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

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Six more new records set at 2011 National Schools Track and Field C’ships

The report:

This report appeared in today’s edition of Today:

CHIN HUI MAKES HIS MARK

(Today Online, 22 April 2011)

He won the “A” Division boys’ 400m gold medal at the 52nd National Inter School Track & Field Championships 2011 on Wednesday and there was more joy at the finish line for Raffles Institution (Junior College) sprinter Ng Chin Hui.

The 17-year-old broke the meet record of 49.35sec with a time of 48.98sec, becoming the first schoolboy to go under the 49-sec mark (electronic timing). No youngster has clocked a sub-49 since Sandy Hong’s hand-timed 48.80sec in the national schools’ event in 1984.

Chin Hui, who is coached by veteran Loh Chan Pew, beat team-mate Seow Yang Yang (49.54s) and R Avinash (50.71s) of Anglo Chinese Junior College in the final at Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

The youngster was also part of the Raffles Institution quartet that went under the SEA Games qualifying mark of 3min 26.46sec for the 4x400m relay at last month’s SPH Schools Relay. Calvin Khor, Chin Hui, Khong Zhiwei and Yang Yang clocked a time of 3:24.40s to win the gold medal ahead of Anglo-Chinese Junior College (3:28.90) and Anglo-Chinese School International (3:30.50). – LOW LIN FHOONG

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My thoughts:

My heartiest congratulations to Chin Hui for becoming the first schoolboy in 27 years to go under the 49-second mark in the 400m as he set a new National Schools A Division Boys record on Thursday.  It’s a wonderful accomplishment but I also hope that it won’t be another 27 years before this new record is broken.

Chin Hui’s time also erased Raffles Institution teammate Seow Yeong Yang’s record of 49.35sec which he had set in the semi-finals a few days earlier.

Several other new records have been set at this year’s National Schools Track and Field Championships by the following students:

1. Zachary Devaraj (Anglo-Chinese School Independent) who set a new mark of 1min 57.01sec in the A Boys 800m final. The previous record was 1:57.67 by Subaish Rajamanickam of Yishin JC in 2002.

2. Timothee Yap (Hwa Chong Institution) who set a record of 55.19sec in the heats of the A Boys 400m hurdles. The previous mark was 55.98sec set by Shafiq Kashmiri (Victoria JC) in 2002

3. Wong Kai Yuen (HCI) who threw 17.68m in the A Boys shot put final to break the 17.11m mark set by HCI’s Lim Zhuo Yan in 2009

4. Chan Zhi Xuan (Anglo-Chinese JC) who threw 38.60m in the A Girls discus final to break the distance of 35.58m by more than three metres.  If the name sounds familiar, it is because Zhi Xuan broke the B Girls record last year when she was with Cedar Girls. She threw 37.94m then. Zhi Xuan’s achievement was also very noteworthy as the A Girls record was last set by Asha Mane of Yusof Ishak Secondary in 1972. That’s a whopping 39 years ago.

5. Jannah Wong (Katong Convent) currently holds the distinction of being the only athlete to break a record twice at this year’s Championships. She set two records in the B Girls 100m hurdles. Her time of 14.92sec in the semi-finals erased Singapore Sports School student Goh Weining’s time of 15.00sec which was set last year. Jannah then bettered her own mark in the final when she clocked 14.85sec.

This year’s meet also saw Ang Chen Xiang of RI equalling Abdul Hakim Abdul Halim’s A Boys record of 14.46sec.

The Singapore Sports Fan would like to extend his heartiest congratulations to all the record-breakers. Great stuff, guys, and I hope to see you guys continuing to raise the bar in future Championships.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Shanti, Eugenia, Zachary and Zhi Xuan shine brightest on last day of National Schools C’ships

Shanti Pereira, Eugenia Tan and Zachary Devaraj produced stunning record-breaking performances today to provide a fitting end to an exciting National Schools Track and Field Championships.

Singapore Sports School sprinters Shanti and Eugenia, who are coached by Pedro Acuna,  had a day to remember as they both cracked the Girls C Division 100m record and played a role in helping their school to set a new 4x100m relay mark.

However, it will be Shanti’s name in the record books as the new holder of the 100m mark.

The 14-year-old blazed the track at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium to clock 12.75sec in the 100m final, slicing 0.08sec off the prevailing record of 12.83sec. Schoolmate Eugenia also went under the record as she clocked 12.81sec to finish second.

Both Shanti and Eugenia were also part of the 4x100m relay team that set a new record of 49.67sec to smash the 50.53sec record. Incidentally, that record was also set by the Sports School back in 2004.

The duo then grabbed their second relay gold medal when they starred in the 4x400m relay. Although they did their best, the quartet’s time of 4min 13.31sec was just off the record of 4:12.84, also set by the Sports School in 2004.

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) distance runner Zachary Devaraj broke an 11-year-old B Boys record as he stormed home in 4:12.61sec, more than a second faster than the 4:14.13 that Kannan Poobalan set in 1999 in Victoria School’s colours.

The 16-year-old collected his second distance record at the Championships today after slaying the 14-year-old 800m record  of 1:58.38 last Thursday with his effort of 1:57.34.

The ACS (I) 4x100m quartet was also in magnificent record-breaking form today. They clocked 42.58sec to break the 11-year-old mark of 43.14sec which was also set by the school in 1999.

The most significant new record, in my humble opinion, was set by Cedar Girls’ Chan Zhi Xuan. She hurled her discus to a distance of 37.94m in the B Girls final to crack Wan Lay Chi’s meet and Schools National record of 37.25m.

Stunning stuff.

As Lay Chi has gone on to represent Singapore at the SEA Games, it means that Zhi Xuan definitely has the talent and potential to do the same eventually if she decides to continue in the discipline. I do hope she will.

Can you imagine what a wonderful sight it would be to see two local-born female throwers in action for us at the SEA Games?

As it is, it was a proud moment for me as a long-time observer of Singapore athletics to see fresh young talents Matthew Goh and Stefan Tseng jumping at last year’s SEA Games. 

Back to the National Schools Championships. It seems that a totalof 18 championship records and six schools national records were set at this year’s meet (I say ‘it seems’ because I counted 18 while the website says 16. I wonder what’s causing the discrepancy.)

My  heartiest congratulations to all the record-breakers. May this spur you on to greater heights. Hopefully, we will get to see some of you representing Singapore at the SEA Games one day.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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