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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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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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And Balpreet makes it 17! ( pity that two others slipped away though)

The report:

Balpreet rewrites junior 100m mark (The StraitsTimes, 5 July 2008 )

By Valerie Chia

WHEN Balpreet Kaur found out that she had rewritten the girls’ national junor 10m record yesterday, she started screaming.

“I was so happy as  I didn’t know I’d broken the record until my coach told me over the phone,” she said. “I’d been working towards it since last year but I totally didn’t expect to break it as I hadn’t been doing well all day.”

The 18-yar-old clocked 12.23sec at the Malaysia Amateur Athletic Unio Pre-Olympics Athletics Championships in Kuala Lumpur to erase Amanda Cho’s previous mark of 12.26sec.

She came in third, behind Choo who clocked 12.18sec. Malaysia’s Siti Fatimah took the gold with 11.80sec.

Balpree then teamed up with Choo, Wong Ze Teng and Ann Siao Mei, all 21, for the 4x100m gold.

Her habit of putting too much pressure on herelf durin competition had preventd herfrom lowering her previous personal best of 12.30sec until yesterday.

She said: “I went into the race feeling relaxed and I suppose that was the key.”

Despite her feat, Balpreet is not eyeing Choo’s national 100m record of12.12sec just yet. “I’m just going to challenge myself to better this timing first.”

My thoughts:

Heartiest congratulations to Balpreet for her record-breaking feat. This means that to date, 17 national open and junior records have already been broken. (For a list of the other 16 marks, click here ).

But did you now have it could well have been 17 national marks ie two other national marks could have been broken in Kuala Lumpur. While it was reported in The Straits Times that Balpreet was later a part of the 4x100m team that won the gold, what wasn’t reported was the timing that was clocked.

Our girls came home in 46.81sec, just 0.11sec shy of the national mark set by Lee Yan Ling, Amanda, Siao Mei and Ze Teng at the 2007 SEA Games in Korat, Thailand. What a pity – but what a positive sight too.

It couldn’t have been easy for the girls to pull off a timinglike this since they were competing against only one other team – from Trengganu. So kudos to them for maintaining their standards despite the lack of competitive opposition.

But it shows that coach Loh Chan Pew’s army of sprinters are now breathing down the neck of the existing mark. In other words, we could well see the relay mark being broken sometime this year, if all things go according to plan.

Likewise, Amanda came close to breaking her national 100m mark of 12.12sec with her 12.18sec silver-medal timing (difference: 0.06sec).     

My only wish now is that Balpreet shows a keener fighting spirit as a national sprinter.

The Straits Times article said two things to me: that a) she is prone to succumbing to mental pressure before her races and b) she is still hesitant about taking on Amanda and wresting the No 1 women’s sprinter mantle from her.

“I’m just going to challenge myself to better this timing frst,” she said in The Straits Times report.

My first reaction when I read that quote? “Alamak.”

It would have been more ‘fun’ and exciting for observers of local athletics if Balpreet had openly declared war on Amanda’s national record. This would mean four possible situations arising:

i. the beginnings of an intense battle between two women sprinters for the No 1 tag, something not seen since the mid-1990s when Hiranisha Rasimuddin and Nurulaini Ariffin slugged it out on the track,

ii. Balpreet keeping Amanada on her toes which is a motivational pressure which the latter could really use as she guns for both a new national 100m record and a sub-12 timing before the end of the year,

iii. Balpreet emerging as the new No1 woman sprinter in Singapore? (I’m all for that because the more top sprinters Singapore has, the better for Singapore athletics as a whole)

iv. the national 4x100m relay team benefitting from such a intense rivalry as it seeks to break the existing national mark once again.

Sometimes, one cannot help wishing that our local athlete had more fire in their bellies and more self-belief.

Well, here’s wishing that Balpreet will prove me wrong and that she really goes for the jugular from now on. After all, her timings are already proof of what she can do.  

Finally, I’m ending this write-up with some results from the MAAU Pre-Olympics meet. I’ve bolded the results of our athletes, particularly those who were in action on Friday. I took this from Saturday’s edition of The Star. Today’s edition of The Star didn’t list down Saturday’s results though.


100m: 1. Zabidi Ghazali (Ter) 10.65, 2. Poh Seng Song (Sin) 10.70, 3. Mohd Amiruddin Jamal (Sin) 10.76.

400m hurdles: 1. Mohd Zafril Mohd Zuslaini (Pah) 53.34, 2. Firdaus Mustafa (Maau) 55.01, 3. Mohd Affizuddin Ismail (Kel) 56.90.

800m: 1. Chen Fu Pin (Tpe) 1:53.45, 2. Liao Ping Wei (Tpe) 1:53.83, 3. Mohd Jeroni Defuan (Swk) 1:54.21.

10,000m: 1. Ndabili Bashngili (Bot) 30:58.42, 2. HO Chin Ping (Tpe) 31:28.69, 3. Wang Chin Chun (Tpe) 32:25.93.

4x100m: 1. Terengganu 41.31, 2. Sabah 42.23, 3. Kuala Lumpur 43.12.

Discus: 1. Wansawang Sawasdee (Tha) 51.71m, 2. Kvanchai Numsomboon (Tha) 46.50m, 3. Adi Alifuddin Hussin (Ter) 40.24m.

Hammer: 1. Azman Mohamed (Sel) 46.32m, 2. Abdul Halim Yatim (Sel) 43.65m, 3. Jackey Wong (Swk) 39.37m.

Javelin: 1. Peter Agan (Swk) 64.27m, Jasmon Justin (Sel) 55.94m, 3. Linus Nicholas (Sab) 55.30m.

Long jump: 1. Keeratikorn Janmanee (Tha) 7.70m, 2. Henry Dagmil (Phi) 7.55m, 3. Tsai Ah Tq (Tpe) 7.42m.

Pole vault: 1. Sompong Saom ban Kuay (Tha) 4.70m, 2. Mohd Sahadan (Pah) 4.60m, 3. Rafiuddin Che Omar (Joh) 4.50m.


100m: 1. Siti Fatimah Mohamed (Joh) 11.80, 2. Amanda Choo (Sin) 12.18, 3. Balpreet Kaur (Sin) 12.23.

400m hurdles: 1. Khoo Woan Chee (Joh) 62.03, 2. Dipna Prasad (Sin) 65.16, 3. Asmah Hanim (Sin) 66.03.

800m: 1. K. Ganthimathi (Pah) 2:18.69, 2. Nor Syahira Abu Bakar (Nse) 2:23.11, 3. Nik Zulailee (Maau) 2:28.14.

5,000m: 1. A. Amutha (Kul) 19:37.85, 2. Khadijah Dahlan (MAAU) 20:41.07, 3. Alaku Sundry (Nse) 20:59.23.

4x100m: 1. Singapore 46.81, 2. Terengganu 51.17.

Discus: 1. Yap Jeng Tzan (Nse) 43.45m, 2. Siti Shahidah Abdullah (Pah) 38.96m, 3. Asrenny Asik (Sab) 36.14m.

High jump: 1. Wong Boon Syian (Joh) 1.70m. 2. Wan Sitika Wan Shukri (Kel) 1.55m.

Shot putt: 1. Siti Nurul Ain (Nse) 12.32m, 2. Asrenny Asik (Sab) 12.30m, 3. Nor Syaidah (Sel) 11.84m.

Triple jump: 1. Ng Gha Yee (Nse) 11.77m, 2. Nurul Fatimatul Zaharah (Ter) 11.47m, 3. Ho Yen Kwan (Sel) 11.26m

Yours in Sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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