I am sure that junior hurdling talent Goh Wei Ning must be wondering what she must do to clock a sub-15sec timing in the 100m hurdles.
This morning, in the 100m hurdles heats, the 15-year-old Singapore Sports School student broke the B Girls record of 15.18sec set by Inez Leong last year. However, she missed out on a sub-15sec timing for the third time this year.
How close was she this time? Really close.
She breasted the tape at 15sec flat.
A part of me feels a little sorry for this determined and spirited young lady. But another part of me cannot help marvelling at the steady progress she has been making in the past four months.
In February, she clocked 15.13sec to set a new national U-17 mark. Then, in March, she clocked 15.01sec at the Singapore Athletic Association’s 3rd All-Comers meet. And now this.
If you ignore that earnest wish to clock a sub-15sec timing, it means that she has achieved the incredible feat of breaking a national U-17 mark thrice in three months. Now, how’s that for sheer talent and consistency.
Wei Ning will be giving it another go in her final tomorrow. I just hope she doesn’t stress herself out and give herself too much undue pressure.
Relax, my dear girl, for at the rate you’re going, it’s just a matter of time before it eventually comes. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Today’s National Schools Championships also saw three other records being broken.
Katong Convent’s Jannah Wong, another up-and-coming junior hurdler, emerged as a possible future challenger to Wei Ning when she cracked the C Girls 80m hudles mark. She clocked 12.44sec in her heat to erase the prevailing mark of 12,52sec, which, you guessed it, was set by Wei Ning in 2008.
She too has a chance to lower that time further in tomorrow’s final. After all, she did clock 12.37sec at the recent Singapore Juniors. Fantastic stuff.
The C Girls triple jump also unveiled a new star in the making in the form of Sakinah Muslimah.
The Singapore Sports School student leapt 11.32m to smash the existing record of 11.11m set by Nurul Jannah in 2006. That’s a huge difference of 21cm.
Interestingly, current national open record holder Mariam Shazana (11.66m) was jumping around 11.36m when she was 14, the same age as Sakinah now.
But according to national jumps coach Valeri Obidko, Sakinah has the ability to clear between 11.5 to 11.7m NOW.
Mariam set her latest record just last year when she was 18. That Sakinah, at 14, is capable of clearing 11.5m to 11.7m now, means that she is definitely one to keep a close watch on from now on.
The fourth record of the day went to Zachary Devaraj who set a new mark in the B Boys 800m. The Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student clocked 1min 57.34sec to break 14-year-old mark of 1:58.38.
My heartiest congratulations to all of today’s record-breakers. Keep up the great work.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan