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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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A return to remember: Ting Wen marks first competition after Olympics with three national records

Quah Ting Wen made her return to competitive swimming one to cherish and remember for a long time when she completed her hat-trick of new national records on the last day of the 40th National Age-Group Swimming Championships at the Singapore Sports School pool.

The 16-year-old Raffles Junior College student, who took a break from swimming after the Beijing Olympics and only resumed training at the start of the year, broke the national 100m freestyle record yesterday, during the Girls 15-17 years event.

She clocked 55.80secs to smash Joscelin Yeo’s 10-year-old record of 56.05sec, which was set at the 1999 South-east Asian Games in Brunei. 
 
It was also her third national freestyle record in three days. 
 
On Friday, Ting Wen had broken the national 50m freestyle record, also held by Joscelin. She followed that up by breaking the national 200m freestyle record on Saturday. 
 
And as it were in the 50m and 200m freestyle events, Ting Wen’s time in the 100m freestyle was also a new national Under-17 record. It eclipsed the time of 56.14secs which she had set at the Beijing Olympics. 
 
The Swimfast Aquatic Club swimmer’s achievements at the Championships will be a huge boost to her confidence and morale as she gets down to the task of qualifying for this December’s SEA Games in Laos.

Apart from Tao Li, Ting Wen is also expected to play a big part in delivering the bulk of Singapore’s gold medals in swimming at the biennial regional Games. 

Her feat yesterday also meant that a total of five national open records were broken during the course of the Age-Group Championships.

The other two were contributed by Parker Lam, who set a new men’s 50m breaststroke mark of 29.59sec, Mark Tan who clocked a new national mark of 2min 20.71sec in the men’s 200m breaststroke.

Yet, the total haul could well have been seven if Rainer Ng and Shana Lim had both been a shade faster in their respective events.

Rainer had tied the men’s national 50m backstroke mark of 26.96sec while Shana Lim had equalled the women’s national 50m backstroke record of 29.20sec.

A total of 15 national age-group records were also re-written during the three-day long Championships: 10 under-17 records and five Under-14 marks. There were also two national under-17 marks that were tied.

You can see the full list of new records set at the Age-Group Championships and their owners here.

Swimfast Aquatic Club, the swimming school run by former national swimmer and occasional national coach David Lim, emerged at the top of the overall standings with 58 golds, 50 silvers and 27 bronzes.

Chinese Swimming Club was second with 39 golds while ACE Swim Club, which is helmed by See Puay Kheng, finished third with 33 golds.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Wonderful Saturday: Ting Wen breaks national record; Lay Chi qualifies for SEA Games

The reports:

I found these two small reports in today’s edition of The Sunday Times.

Quah Ting Wen’s breaking of Joscelin Yeo’s national 50m freestyle record at the National Age-Group Swimming Championships was a seven-paragraph report dwarved by the story it was placed next to – that of unknown Chinese shuttler Wang Yihan who emerged out of nowhere to defeat Denmark’s Tine Rasmussen to take the All-England women singles title:

Ting Wen breaks Jos’ 50m mark (The Sunday Times, 15 March 2009)

 

By Jonathan Wong

 

Quah Ting Wen yesterday lowered the women’s national 50 metres freestyle record to 25.80 seconds.

 

The Raffles Junior College student, 17, rewrote Joscelin Yeo’s 2005 record of 26.13sec at the National Age Group Swimming Championships at the Singapore Sports School.

 

‘I’m very happy and surprised. My training hasn’t changed much and I didn’t prepare specifically for this competition,” she said.

 

‘I just try to swim my best at each race and not to think too much about breaking records. It’s a pleasant bonus though.’

 

Her effort also secured her the Under-17 record, a day after Amanda Lim had broken Ting Wen’s previous best of 26.39 by seven hundredths of a second.

 

It was Ting Wen’s second national record. She had broken another of Joscelin’s records at the Beijing Olympics last year, clocking 4min 51.25sec for the 400m individual medley.

 

In other races Shana Lim, 15, eclipsed Tao Li’s Under-17 national mark in the 100m backstroke in 1:03.42 and Lionel Khoo, 13, bettered his previous bests in the 50m (30.53) and 100m breaststroke (1:06.89). Joseph Schooling, also 13, claimed a personal-best in the 100m butterfly (59.40).

 

The meet ends tomorrow.

The report of national discus thrower Wan Lay Chi qualifying for the SEA Games was even smaller – a three-paragraph write-up in the Sports Briefs column:

Wan’s best throw (The Sunday Times, 15 March 2009)

 

Wan Lay Chi set a personal best of 47.74 metres in winning the discus throw at the 3rd All-Comers Athletics Meet at Gombak Stadium yesterday.

 

Her previous best was 47.17m in another All-Comers meet three years ago.

 

To add to the 19-year-old’s joy, she also met the qualification mark of 45.73m for December’s South-east Asia Games in Laos.

My thoughts:

I felt it was a real pity that the feats of these two young local athletes ended up being given such limited coverage.

Sure, I can understand the newspapers’ need to serve the interests of its readers and focus on stories which they think, hence the huge coverage given to the Liverpool-Manchester United game and other EPL matches.

I guess the people behind the sports pages must have also felt that the lifting of Malaysia Cup hero Abbas Saad’s lifetime ban in Singapore was also significant news (especially for those who can still remember the Malaysia Cup days) and as such, merited in that full-page profile piece on the retired Australian footballer, now a youth coach in Sydney.

But I still can’t help feeling that more coverage (or editorial acreage, in journalistic parlance) could have been given to the achievements of these two young and upcoming members of Team Singapore.

I mean, here are two wonderful moments of achievement in local sport for us to savour, by young, local emerging athletes. And yet this is all the amount of space that can be spared for them?

Look at what Ting Wen has accomplished: she broke Joscelin Yeo’s long-standing national 50m freestyle record by 0.5secs. It is also the second time she has broken a mark set by Joscelin Yeo.

Ting Wen’s feat means two things – that

 a) our one-time swim queen Joscelin Yeo is slowly but surely being erased from the national record books and

b) that Ting Wen is slowly coming of age and emerging as a top-class swimmer that Singapore can count on to deliver a couple of individual  SEA Games gold medals at Laos at the end of the year.

After all, from 1993 to 2005, Joscelin was practically the saviour of the Singapore Amateur Swimming Association, and the queen of Singapore sports.

She would single-handedly deliver most of the swimming golds for Singapore at the SEA Games.

And thanks to her, Singapore would end up toting up a respectable haul of golds at the biennial regional Games and finishing a respectable fifth in the overall medal standings.

Most of her national records were also SEA Games records.

Honestly, I would have preferred to have read more about Ting Wen than Wang Lihan today.

Likewise, it would have been nice to read more about Lay Chi in today’s papers. Doesn’t qualifying for the SEA Games warrant more space than three paragraphs?

After all, it means that the 21-year-old thrower – who is seen as the local successor to the China-born Zhang Guirong – has now met the bronze-medal winning distance of the previous SEA Games,  the qualifying benchmark for this year’s Games.

And really, it’s been quite a while since we’ve heard of any news of this former Teck Whye Secondary School student, who, incidentally, was part of the generation of promising throwers that the school produced in the late 1990s under the tutelage of Choo Chee Kiong.

 I last read about her at the 2007 SEA Games in Korat where she finished fourth in the shot put, missing the bronze by a mere 0.19m.

Six months before that, she was also Singapore’s sole gold medal winner at the 2nd South-east Asian Junior Athletics Championships. She also set a new national age-group record with her 13.26m throw in the shot -put.

Singapore Amateur Athletics Association supremo Loh Lin Kok was even quoted as saying that he would be giving her an open ticket to train anywhere because of her talent.

So, yes, it would have been really nice if these two young ladies were given more significant coverage in today’s papers as a way of recognising their achievements and efforts.

It would have also gone a long way in helping to raise the stature of local sports, and the profiles of young local athletes who are going to be our flag-bearers on the international sporting stage (even if the stage is a lowish-level platform like the SEA Games).

So, my heartiest congratulations to Ting Wen and Lay Chi. I hope your achievements will help to spur you on to greater heights this year, especially at the SEA Games.

Shame about the lack of coverage though.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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