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Awesome day for Singapore athletics as hurdlers keep breaking records

I’ve been away for a long time again because of personal commitments. But I just couldn’t resist the urge to post again after reading this report on the TODAY website (see below).

What an amazing day for the hurdles discipline in local athletics.  My heartiest congratulations to Jannah Wong and Joshua Chua of Raffles Institution and to Singapore Sports School athletes Nur Izlyn Zaini and Tia Louise Rozario for their stunning performances at Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

My congratulations to their coaches too. It must have been a major thrill for them to see their charges repeatedly setting new national age-group and championship records this morning and afternoon.

Of all the record-breaking feats, Joshua’s timings in the Boys C Div 100m hurdles were the most impressive.

First, he chopped 0.46sec off Linus Chong’s record of 13.81sec in the morning heat with his time of 13.35. Then he proceeded to clock an even faster 13.26sec in the afternoon’s final. Phew! Just the thought of it is enough to leave me breathless.

Jannah’s times are also impressive. She is turning 18, and broke Dipna Lim-Prasad’s national junior record which was set by the latter when she was also 18. So it indicates that she is the next hurdler to watch in the coming years. I wonder if she can make it to next year’s SEA Games in Singapore.

Actually, I just hope all these new records indicate that we are looking at potential national hurdlers who will go on to represent Singapore with distinction at future SEA Games.

Hopefully, all this has made the Singapore Athletic Association sit up and take notice, and start thinking of a sustainable developmental plan to keep these young talents on the track for as long as possible, so that they can realise their fullest potential.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan


Slew of hurdles records broken at National Schools C’ships (TODAY Online, April 8, 2014)

Jannah leads charge as several meet and national age-group marks are set in morning

and afternoon sessions

SINGAPORE – It rained hurdles records at the National Schools Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium the whole of today.

A range of national age-group and meet records all went a-tumbling as Jannah Wong, Tia Louise Rozario, Nur Izlyn Zaini and Joshua Chua burnt the tarmac with their sizzling displays.

 Raffles Institution student Jannah Wong showed that she could be the next hurdler to watch out for in the coming years after SEA Games bronze medallist Dipna-Lim Prasad when she set a national junior record in the Girls A Division 100m hurdles hears this morning.

The 17-year-old’s time of 14.69sec not only obliterated the championships record of 15.03, but also rewrote Lim-Prasad’s national U-19 and junior records of 14.72sec.

Wong was not the only Rafflesian to set new meet and national marks today.

Her younger schoolmate, Joshua Chua, set new Boys’ C Division and national U15 100m hurdles records today in the morning heats as well as in the afternoon final.

The Secondary Two student clocked 13.35 en route to qualifying for the final to smash the existing meet and national U15 mark of 13.81 set by Linus Chong in 2010.

Chua, 14, then did it again in the final when he won the gold in 13.26.

Singapore Sports School students Tia and Nur Izlyn also broke records in their respective events.

Tia set a new Girls C Div 80m hurdles record when she clocked 12.35 in her morning heat. The time was 0.09 faster than the existing record of 12.44 by Jannah in 2010. It was also 0.02 faster than Jannah’s national U15 record of 12.37.

To prove it was not a fluke, Tia then went under her new records in the afternoon’s final when she took the gold in 12.33.

This is the 14-year-old’s second championship record at the competition. She had set a new C Div long jump record of 5.23m on Monday.

Schoolmate Nur Izlyn was not to be outdone.

Like Tia, she erased Jannah’s B Div 100m hurdles record of 14.83 with her 14.77 effort in the morning’s heats. The time was also a new National U17 record as it was faster than the existing mark of 14.78 set by Goh Wei Ning in 2010.

Nur Izlyn struck again in the afternoon when she blitzed home in the final in 14.65.

Apart from all the hurdles records, the only non-hurdles championship record that has been set at this year’s competition has been in the Boys B Div discus.

Hwa Chong Institution’s Eric Yee hurled his way into the record books on Monday with his 48.79m effort, erasing the 48.70m record held by Scott Wong since 2006.


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National Schools Track and Field C’ships – Donovan and Eugenia light up an otherwise gloomy day at the track

Heartiest congratulations to Donovan Chan of Hwa Chong Institution and Eugenia Tan of Singapore Sports School for emerging the sprint king and queen of this year’s National Schools Track and Field Championships.

The two students were the only ones to complete a Double-Double at this year’s meet. They not only won the 100m and 200m in their respective divisions, but also set new records in both events in the process.

There was never a doubt that Eugenia was going to win today’s B Girls 100m final after she had set a new championship record in the blue ribbon event during the heats.

The absence of arch-rival, schoolmate and good friend Shanti Pereira – who withdrew from both the 100m and 200m possibly because of injury – merely meant that a win for Eugenia would be inevitable.

And the 16-year-ols Secondary Four student delivered. In a class of her own, she romped to an easy win in 12.69sec.

Indeed, the close fight took place in the battle for second and third instead. Katong Convent’s Jannah Wong – who set a new B Girls record in the 100m hurdles last week – took the silver in 13.10sec when she pipped Sheryl Tey from Nanyang Girls (13.16sec).

Donovan ended his campaign in this year’s meet even more stylishly – by setting the only record of the day when he blitzed past everyone else to take the A Boys 100m title.

He clocked a very impressive 10.70sec, eclipsing the 10.80sec record set by former national sprinter Poh Seng Song back in 2001 when he was still an Anglo-Chinese Junior College student.

Hwa Chong made it a double in the event when Tan Zong Yang took silver in a very commendable time of 10.92sec. Ezra Toh of Raffles Institution was third in 11.14sec.

So, well done to both Donovan and Eugenia for being the main highlights on an otherwise gloomy afternoon at CCK Stadium.

It was such a pity that it had to rain so heavily today.

Not only did the lightning and thunderstorm cause the programme to be halted for three hours, it also subsequently caused almost everyone to err on the side of caution on the wet track when their races came up.

As a result, many poor times were clocked.

Congratulations too to Hwa Chong for sweeping the Boys A, B and C Division titles.

There was more variety in the title races in the Girls Divisions.

Raffles Institution won the A title, while Cedar Girls took the B crown. Nanyang Girls High were crowned C Division champions.

Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan

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National Schools Track and Field C’ships – Eugenia Tan in brilliant record-breaking form again

Eugenia Tan will most definitely be the in-form sprinter to watch when the National Schools Track and Field Championships comes to a close next Tuesday.

Having set a new B Division Girls 100m record of 12.39sec in the semi-finals last week, the 16-year-old Singapore Sports School student clinched a spectacular double when she rewrote the B Girls 200m mark in today’s final.

After closest rival and schoolmate Shanti Pereira withdrew from today’s final, the stage was set for Eugenia to win the event.

But she did more than that. She blitzed the track to set a new meet record of 25.64sec, breaking Nurulaini Ariffin’s record of 25.65sec, set in 1995, which had been unsurpassed for the past 17 years.

Such was Eugenia’s supremacy today that she was almost a second ahead of nearest rival Sheryl Tey of St Nicholas Girls who crossed the line in 26.84sec.

So now Eugenia has both the 100m and 200m records to her name. And now it remains to be seen if she can complete the “Double-Double” by winning next week’s 100m final.

She will go into the blue ribbon event as the fastest qualifier. Will Shanti (who clocked 12.68sec in Monday’s semis) be able to stop her? Or is her withdrawal today a sign that she is injured? We wait with bated breath.

Congratulations are in order too to Donovan Chan of Hwa Chong Institution and Raymond Lee of St Joseph’s Institution.

Donovan won the A Boys 200m in 21.75sec, just under the meet record of 21.78sec set by Jonah Tang of Raffles Junior College in 2005.

Raymond also entered his name in the record books when he won the B Boys 400m hurdles in 55.04sec, more than 1.4sec faster than the 56.46sec record set by Timothee Yap in 2010.

In fact, there were two record breakers in the event.

In a thrilling finish, Victoria School’s Calvin Quek was beaten at the tap by Raymond but also went under the meet record with his 55.05sec effort. Alas, only Raymond’s name will be captured as the record-break when the Singapore Schools Sports Council rewrites the list of championship record holders for next year’s competition.

The Singapore Sports Fan would like to congratulate Eugenia, Donovan, Raymond and Calvin for their brilliant efforts today. Great job, guys, and keep up the great work!

I would also like to congratulate brave Jannah Wong for gritting her teeth and fighting through the pain of an ankle injury to win the B Girls 100m hurdles on Wednesday.

It was a great story in today’s edition of The Straits Times. The Katong Convent student had hurt her ankle after a freak accident on Tuesday, AFTER she had set a new championship record of 14.83sec in the heats.

Despite the pain, and the discomfort of a tightly-bound ankle, Jannah was too good for the rest of the field in Wednesday’s final, winning it in 14.93sec, which is just 0.1sec off her new record.

Well done!

Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan

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