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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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Four new records set at National Schools Track and Field Championships, and a new jumping star in the making emerges

I am sure that junior hurdling talent Goh Wei Ning must be wondering what she must do to clock a sub-15sec timing in the 100m hurdles.

This morning,  in the 100m hurdles heats,  the 15-year-old Singapore Sports School student broke the B Girls record of 15.18sec set by Inez Leong last year. However, she missed out on a sub-15sec timing for the third time this year.

How close was she this time? Really close.

She breasted the tape at 15sec flat.

A part of me feels a little sorry for this determined and spirited young lady. But another part of me cannot help marvelling at the steady progress she has been making in the past four months.

In February, she clocked 15.13sec to set a new national U-17 mark. Then, in March, she clocked 15.01sec at the Singapore Athletic Association’s 3rd All-Comers meet. And now this.

If you ignore that earnest wish to clock a sub-15sec timing, it means that she has achieved the incredible feat of breaking a national U-17 mark thrice in three months. Now, how’s that for sheer talent and consistency.

Wei Ning will be giving it another go in her final tomorrow. I just hope she doesn’t stress herself out and give herself too much undue pressure.

Relax, my dear girl, for at the rate you’re going, it’s just a matter of time before it  eventually comes. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Today’s National Schools Championships also saw three other records being broken.

Katong Convent’s Jannah Wong, another up-and-coming junior hurdler, emerged as a possible future challenger to Wei Ning when she cracked the C Girls 80m hudles mark. She clocked 12.44sec in her heat to erase the prevailing mark of 12,52sec, which, you guessed it, was set by Wei Ning in 2008.

She too has a chance to lower that time further in tomorrow’s final. After all, she did clock 12.37sec at the recent Singapore Juniors. Fantastic stuff.

The C Girls triple jump also unveiled a new star in the making in the form of Sakinah Muslimah.

The Singapore Sports School student leapt 11.32m to smash the existing record of  11.11m set by Nurul Jannah in 2006. That’s a huge difference of 21cm.

Interestingly, current national open record holder Mariam Shazana (11.66m) was jumping around 11.36m when she was 14, the same age as Sakinah now.

But according to national jumps coach Valeri Obidko, Sakinah has the ability to clear between 11.5 to 11.7m NOW.

Mariam set her latest record just last year when she was 18. That Sakinah, at 14, is capable of clearing 11.5m to 11.7m now, means that she is definitely one to keep a close watch on from now on.

The fourth record of the day went to Zachary Devaraj who set a new mark in the B Boys 800m. The Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student clocked 1min 57.34sec to break 14-year-old mark of 1:58.38.

My heartiest congratulations to all of today’s record-breakers. Keep up the great work.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsflash: Weining emerges as new contender for national U-17 mark

Remember this name: Goh Weining. For this Singapore Sports School hurdler could well become the new owner of the national girls Under-17 100m hurdles record next year.

Goh Weining in action at last month's National Schools Championships (Picture courtesy of redsports.sg)

Goh Weining in action at last month's National Schools Championships (Picture courtesy of redsports.sg)

The 14-year-old Secondary Two student – who set a new C Division 80m hurdles record (12.52sec) at the 49th National Schools Track and Field Championships earlier this month – gave a glimpse of that possibility yesterday when she clocked a stunning 15.51sec to win the Girls U-14 100m hurdles final at the 11th Thailand Sports School Games in Khon Kaen.

Although the time is 0.16sec slower than Noreen Herman’s yet-to-be-ratified national  U-17 record 15.35sec (which was set at the 49th National Schools Track and Field Championships), the fact remains that Weining is two years younger than her 16-year-old Sports School schoolmate.

Weining’s new personal best also sets up a healthy and potentially exciting triple-threat jostle for the ownership of the national U-17 girls mark next year. This is because St Nicholas Girls student Inez Leong, 16, is also another potential record-breaker.

Of course, such a mouth-watering clash of the titans can only take place if Noreen and Inez are still competing in the U-17 category when the next edition of the Singapore Juniors rolls around next year.  

(Note: Inez is the current national U-17 record holder until the Singapore Athletics Association ratifies Noreen’s time. She had set the current mark of 15.74sec at the 34th Singapore Junior Athletics Championships last month. She also finished second to Noreen in the National Schools Girls B Division 100m hurdles final in 15.47sec)  

Weining’s gold was one of two track titles that the Sports School won on the first day of the athletics competition at the Thailand Sports School Games. The other was won by new sprint sensation T. Piriyah in the Girls U-16 400m.

What is interesting about Piriyah’s time of 58.29sec is that even though it is more than a second off her sensational personal best of 57.11sec (which she set at the National Schools Championships and which is pending ratification as a new national U-17 mark), it is still the second fastest 400m time clocked by a Singapore runner this year.

The Sports School also won silvers in the Boys U-16 400m (Jamie Coates in 50.08sec), Boys U-16 4x100m relay (Dennis Lim, Jamie Coates, Jared Lim and Anuar Shahrir, 42.70sec) and Boys U-14 4x100m relay (Luqman Zamrot, Vivekanand, Seamus Shi and Nicholas Tang, 45.15sec).

Meanwhile, national triple jump record holder Mariam Shazana could only manage a bronze in the Girls U-17 final after she leapt 11.30m. The distance is 0.29m off her national mark of 11.57m. Sports School’s other bronze came from the quartet of Nurul Sakinah, Lim Ying Jia, Valerie Loo and Habibah Najihahbi.

You can find a report on the Sports School at the 11th Thailand Sports School Games here.

Yours in sport,

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

11 July – Newsflash: 11 new records in one day at National Schools C’ships

18 July: Breaking the national women’s 4x400m relay record – it’s now or never, SAA

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