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Newsbreak: Amanda Choo cracks her national 100m record at Negri Sembilan Open

Singapore’s top female sprinter Amanda Choo has broken her national 100m record at the Negri Sembilan Open.

The 22-year-old, who is coached by Loh Chan Pew, clocked 12.03sec in her heat on Saturday morning to eclipse her three-year-old record of 12.12sec which she set at the 2007 South-east Asian Games.

Her feat also makes her the first athlete to set a new national open record this year.

Amanda went on to the final but did not win in the end. She suffered from the law of diminishing returns as the meet organisers had bizzarely arranged for the semi-finals and the final to be held on the same day.

She clocked 12.17sec in her semi-final and then 12.37sec, behind Malaysia’s Siti Zubaidah who won in 12.29sec.

It was also a good day at the races for national serviceman Calvin Kang who clocked a season’s best time of 10.61sec.

It’s 0.08sec off his national junior record of 10.53sec which he set in 2008.But when you consider that Calvin only resumed serious training this year after being out for almost a year because of national service duties, it’s, all in,  a very promising sign.

Calvin later went on to win the final in 10.95sec, just ahead of fellow national sprinter Izwan Firdaus (11.01sec)

Singapore also won two golds in the jumps on Saturday.

Long jumper Matthew Goh won the men’s event with his 7.27m effort, which is 0.35m short of his national record of 7.62m while Ronnie Cai won the high jump with his best effort of 2.05m.

On Sunday, triple jumper Stefan Tseng cleared a very decent 15.92m to win the event. Although it is off his national record of 16.04m, it is a good distance considering that he entered national service at the start of the year and has not had the opportunity to train regularly with coach Valeri Obidko.

Let’s hope it all works out for Stefan — that he ends up in a vocation that will enable him to train regularly and qualify for the Asian Games.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsflash: Singapore athletes break five national records at Negri Sembilan Open

It’s been raining Singapore national records at the Negri Sembilan Open this weekend.

A total of two national open records and five national junior marks were broken by our athletes in what must be one of the best displays by a Singapore athletics contingent in recent memory.

Triple jumper Mariam Shazana got the ball rolling when she broke her national open and junior mark of 11.66 metres on Saturday. She cleared 11.70m on her third and then equalled it on her fourth attempt.

This is the fifth time the 17-year-old student has broken the national mark since 2006.

Today, a flood of record-breaking feats followed. 

Stefan Tseng also broke his national open and junior mark of 15.78m when he leapt 16.04m this afternoon. He not only won the event but also set a new championship record.

The 18-year-old student may have missed out on qualifying for the South-east Asian Games by 0.03 (the qualifying mark is 16.07m) but he can still take a lot of positives away from his performance.

Reason: Not onlyhas he broken the psychological barrier of cracking the 16m mark, he has also become the first Singapore jumper to ever clear 16m.

Stefan has several more meets lined up this year and there is no reason why we can’t expect him to break the record again and achieve his aim of qualifying for the Sea Games.

“I’m okay with his performance today because there was a strong head wind of -1.3m/s blowing against him today,” said his coach, Valeri Obidko. ” He would have jumped further if there wasn’t the head wind.”  

High jumper Wayne Yap also wrote his name into the national record books today. The Hwa Chong Institution student broke a 22-year-old junior mar when he cleared 2.08m. The previous mark of 2.07m was set by Mohd Azahar Sapuan’s in 1987.

Finally, Dipna Lim-Prasad entered her name twice in the national record books today.

The 18-year-old first set a new national junior mark in the Girls 100m hurdles when she finished third in her event in 15.40sec. That time shaved off 0.07sec off the existing mark of 15.47sec which was set by Amanda Tan last year.

Dipna then combined with Shalom Danielle See, T. Piriyah and Fiona Ng to set a new 4x400m relay junior record. The quartet won the event in a blistering 3min 56.70sec, smashing the year-old mark of 4:00.48.

Incidentlaly, that mark was set by Dipna, Shalom, Valerie Pereira and Ng Yu Jun last June in Indonesia.

The Singapore Sports Fan congratulates all our national athletes for a great job at the Negri Sembilan Open and hopes to see them continue breaking their own marks this year and in the near future.

Well done, guys and girls!

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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