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National Schools Track and Field C’ships – Chin Hui and Jannah rewrite their own records

Another two championship records were broken today at the ongoing National Schools Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium, thanks to 400m runner Ng Chin Hui and hurdler Jannah Wong.

Raffles Institution student Chin Hui was untouchable in the A Boys 400m final, easily winning it in 48.81sec, and finishing almost two seconds ahead of nearest rival and schoolmate Khong Zhi Wei (50.67sec).

Although Chin Hui’s time was almost a second slower than the national junior record of 47.97sec which he set at last year’s South-east Asian Junior Championships, it was still good enough to erase his A Boys mark of 48.98sec which he had also set last year.

Like Chin Hui, Katong Convent’s Jannah Wong showed in today’s B Girls 100m hurdles heats that she is in a class of her own. Her time of 14.83sec not only snipped 0.02sec off her record of 14.85sec which she had set last year, it was also miles ahead of the rest of the field.

Judging from the times posted yesterday, Jannah’s closest rival will be Kerstin Ong of the Singapore Sports School who clocked 15.91sec. In other words, expect Jannah to stroll to a win in tomorrow’s final. I do hope we will get to see one more record-breaking effort from her though.

My heartiest congratulations to both Chin Hui and Jannah.  Well done!

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan



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Singapore athletes in top form overseas, setting three national marks over the weekend

It looks like the Taiwan Open was a happy hunting ground for a number of our athletes over the weekend.

According to newspaper reports, our contingent went there and plundered one national open record, a national junior record and a season’s best timing.

Our women’s 4x400m relay team also came a whisker away from qualifying for the South-east Asia Games.

The two national records came in the hurdles.

Dipna Lim-Prasad broke her national 100m hurdles record of 14.56sec twice twice – clocking 14.49sec in the heats before finishing fifth in the final in 14.23sec. Her time means that she is now just 0.02sec from qualifying for the SEA Games.

Raw diamond Zaki Sapari was also in record-breaking form.

The 19-year-old former middle distance runner, who switched to the hurdles only seven months ago but who has since qualified for the SEA Games, broke the national junior mark of 54.02sec with his flying run of 53.59sec.

Zaki also had a good outing in the 4x400m relay with his teammates. Together with Firdaus Juhari, Ng Chin Hui and Kenneth Khoo, they blazed the track to finish in a season’s best timing of 3min 15.09sec.

The hurdles aside, Dipna was part of the women’s 4x400m quartet (which also included Valerie Pereira, Wendy Enn and T. Piriyah) that came agonisingly close to qualifying for the SEA Games. The foursome clocked 3:50.09, just a sliver away from the must-beat time of 3:49.28.

There was also joy for Singapore athletics in Japan as triathlete Mok Ying Ren set a new long distance record.

Competing in the Tokai University Time Trials in Tokyo, he clocked 14:51.09 in the 5,000m to shatter the 16-year-old record of 14:57.61 set by Nadarajan Ganesan in Germany in June 1995.

My heartiest congratulations to all of you for breaking the record. And for those of you who narrowly missed qualifying for the SEA Games, fear not. You guys are definitely going to get the job done. It’s only a matter of time.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan




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Shanti is a class above the rest but kudos too to Jannah, Timothee and the Hwa Chong 4x400m girls relay team

The report:

This report appeared in today’s edition of The Straits Times:


(The Straits Times, 28 April 2011)

 By May Chen

SHANTI Pereira was in a league of her own at the Schools National Track and Field Championships which ended yesterday.

The Singapore Sports School (SSP) student won and set new championship records in all her three events – B Girls’ 100m, 4x100m and 4x400m – at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

Her 12.43sec, in particular, eclipses Nurulaini Ariffin’s 16-year-old 100m mark (12.54) by more than a tenth of a second and her personal best of 12.55.

She also came within a whisker of the 200m mark – Nurulaini’s 25.65 set in 1995 – with a 25.68 to repeat last year’s four-gold feat.

The 15-year-old said: “I set out to break the 26sec mark for the 200m and run a personal best for the 100m. I managed to do both, so it feels really good.”

Irwin Seet, SSP’s director of sports, said: “She’s clearly one of the brightest talents Singapore has seen in a while. We hope she will take her talents onto the international stage soon.”

Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) completed a clean sweep of the boys’ titles, including a commanding 53-point lead over Raffles Institution (RI) for the A Division title that has eluded them since 2007.

Said A Div captain Lim Kang Le: “The team start out every year aiming to win the title, but it also depends on how strong we are. We had a really strong team this year on both track and field.”

HCI alone accounted for half of the six new A Div records, including Sean Lim’s national pole vault mark set last Monday.

A total of 13 meet records across all divisions tumbled this year.

Some, like the HCI Girls’ A 4x400m quartet, were surprised by how well they did. They clocked 4min 02.47sec to shave more than six seconds off the 4:08.95 that Catholic Junior College set in 2006.

Said coach Pedro Acuna: “All four of them ran their personal bests, and I even had two running below 60 seconds. That has never happened.”

RI had a similarly successful 4x400m quartet. The Boys’ A team, which included 17-year-old Ng Chin Hui, ran 3:19.64 to rewrite the 3:22.66 set by the then-Raffles Junior College in 2005.

The time also betters the 3:19.99 a Singapore foursome set at the Singapore Athletic Association Track and Field Series 3 earlier this month. That team, with Chin Hui in it, met the qualifying mark – the 2009 SEA Games bronze-medal time of 3:26.46 – for the Nov 11-25 South-east Asia Games in Indonesia.

Overall, Raffles Institution successfully defended their Girls’ A title, while the Sports School and Cedar Girls’ Secondary took the Girls’ B and C titles respectively.


My thoughts:

I have to say I am a little confused. The above report says that 13 records tumbled at this year’s National Schools Track and Field Championships. But when I go to this link to count the records, I get 14 instead.

Perhaps some kind soul out there can shed some light on this.

Back to the action on the track. While Shanti was undoubtedly the star of this year’s championships with her scintillating performances, I feel that special mention should be reserved for Timothee Yap of Hwa Chong Institute and Jannah Wong of Katong Convent.

Both students should be lauded for achieving the rare feat of breaking the record in their respective events twice.

Jannah broke the B Girls 100m hurdles mark twice – she clocked 14.92sec in the heats, and then proceeded to better it in the final with her time of 14.85sec.

Likewise, Timothee set a new A Boys 400m hurdles record in the heats with his time of 55.19sec and then he broke that in the final with his superb effort of 54.80sec.

My heartiest congratulations to both of them.

I also like the mention above of the HCI A Girls 4x400m relay team who clocked a new record of 4min 02.47sec.

According to their coach, Pedro Acuna, all four runners clocked personal bests during the relay and two of them even ran personal bests.

Brilliant stuff – hats off to all the four runners. I wish the newspaper report had provided their names though.

Any kind soul out there who can assist in providing their names to me?

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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