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Zubin and Joshua in record-breaking form in 400m events

Anglo-Chinese Junior College’s Zubin Percy Mucherji signed off on his final appearance at the National Schools Track and Field Championships in style on Friday afternoon when he sprinted to victory in the A Division Boys 400m final, finishing ahead of Raffles Institution’s Calvin Quek and National JC’s Koo Kai Siang.

The 17-year-old, who won the same event in 49.39sec last year, clocked an improved 48.69sec to also set two new records – the championship record as well as the Schools National record. Both records (48.81) were set by Ng Chin Hui in 2012.

I assume Zubin will be serving his national service next year. He is a bright talent and  do hope that he plans to continue training during NS wherever and whenever possible, and that he will go on to represent Singapore at the SEA Games one day. The current top-three times in the event at the SEA Games (2013) are 47.22, 47.45 and 47.78. Zubin’s timing is less than a second off, and he’s only 18 this year which suggests to me that he has the potential to go further. So I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Another 400m championship record was broken today – in the C Div Boys 400m. Anglo-Chinese School Independent student Joshua Lim was just too strong for his rivals, sprinting home in 51.65sec. He not only broke Chin Hui’s record of 51.97 but was also more than three seconds ahead of nearest rival Darius Ng of Hwa Chong Institution (55.15).

In fact, to the crowd at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium today, it looked like the real battle was between Darius and HCI teammate Irving Alexander De Boer who finished third in a very close 55.17sec.

My heartiest congratulations to Zubin and Joshua. Well done, both of you!

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Singapore trawl in another four golds from SEA Games swimming

Singapore continued to dominate the SEA Games swimming competition this evening as the Republic grabbed four more golds and set four new meet records on the third night of action in the pool.

Tao Li captured her second and third individual golds and set two new SEA Games marks as she won the 100m backstroke and the 100m butterfly to add to her earlier win in the 200m backstroke on Thursday.

Her time of 1min 02.96sec in the 100m backstroke smashed her own SEA Games mark of 1:03.83 which she had set at the 2005 Manila Games while her 59.24sec effort  in the butterfly erased Joscelin Yeo’s record of 59.91sec.

Singapore’s Shana Lim  was second in the 100m backstroke.

Lynette Lim also had a night to remember as she avenged her defeat in the 400m freestyle by easily winning the 800m freestyle.

The 17-year-old US-based swimmer had been pipped to the 400m gold by Malaysian rival Khoo Cai Lin yesterday but this evening, Khoo simply had no answer as Lynette powered home in 8:35.41, 10 seconds ahead of her (8:45.36).

Lynette’s time also sliced seven seconds off her national record of 8:42.16 which she had set at the World Championships in Rome in August.

The Singapore quartet of Russell Ong, Joshua Lim, Danny Yeo and Zach Ong then won Singapore’s final gold of the night when they captured the 4x100m freestyle relay gold.

Their winning time of 3:23.22sec was also both a new SEA Games record and a new national record (old record: 3:26.70). The Philippines were second, while Indonesia took the bronze.

Singapore’s four golds tonight means that it has now won 10 golds in swimming. The team had won 11* golds at the 2007 Games in Korat, Thailand

( *Note: My thanks to Marrisab for pointing  out that Singapore had won 11, not 14, golds in Korat)

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Five golds, two SEA Games records and two national marks for Singapore swimmers

Singapore won five gold medals and set two new SEA Games records on the opening day of the swimming competition this evening. The Republic also set two new national records.

Quah Ting Wen took the first gold when she fended off the challenges of compatriot Amanda Lim and Thai J. Natthanan in the women’s 100m freestyle.

She eventually touched home in 56.03sec, saving 0.02sec off the SEA Games mark of 56.05sec, which was set by Joscelin Yeo in 1999. Natthanan was second while Amanda took the bronze.

But the time that Ting Wen clocked was slower than her national record of 55.57sec which she set at the Asian Youth Games in July.

Zach Ong then won Singapore’s second swimming gold in the 200m backstroke, the second event of the night. A silver medalist at the 2007 Korat Games in Thailand, Ong  turned the tables on Ryan Arabejo of the Philippines, who was his conqueror then.

After trailing in second spot at the 150m, Ong surged forward and powered his way to victory, leaving Arabejo to settle for silver this time.

The national serviceman finished in a time of 2 min 03.27sec, shaving almost two seconds off the eight-year national record of 2:05.07 set by Gary Tan in 2001.

Tao Li then captured Singapore’s third gold of the night in the 200m backstroke.

The Singapore Sports School student clocked 2min 17.12 sec to finish  more than 20m ahead of Thailand’s T. Chavisa who took silver in 2:19.87. Singapore’s Shana Lim was third in 2:20.98.

The relays proved to be a rich hunting ground for Singapore too.

In the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, Singapore, made up of Joshua Lim, Clement Lim, Zach Ong and Marcus Cheah, withstood a late charge from the Philippines to clock a new national record of 7min 30.73sec.

The time was five seconds faster than the previous mark of 7:35.85 set by the quartet of Mark Chay, Bryan Tay, Gary Tan and Cheah.

The Philippines took silver in 7:31.10 and Malaysia was third in 7:36.89.

Not to be outdone, the team of Ting Wen, Lynette Lim, Amanda and Mylene Ong wrapped up Singapore’s gold rush in the pool in style by clocking a new SEA Games record of 8:11.75. The time was nine seconds faster than the previous Games mark of 8:20.77.

Nearest rivals Thailand finished over six seconds behind.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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