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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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Shahrir breaks 100m record while Raffles Institution JC and Hwa Chong sweep divisional crowns

Singapore Sports School sprinter Shahrir Mohd Anuar was in scintillating form as he emerged the only record-breaker on the last day of the 50th Schools National Track and Field Championships.

The 16-year-old Secondary Four student – coached by Remy Gan – blazed the track as he clocked 10.90sec in the B Boys 100m final to shatter the 12-year meet record of 10.97sec which was set by Aaron Huang in 1997.

His record was only the fifth registered at this year’s Championships, a result, perhaps, of the decision to move the Championships from July to April because of the upcoming Asian Youth Games in June. 

And yet, it could have been three meet records for the Sports School yesterday if not for a bungled exchange by the school in the B Boys 4x100m relay and for sprinter Liang Wei’s agonisingly close miss in the  B Girls 100m

Tipped to win the 4x100m relay and possibly set a new record, the Sports School’s recording breaking dreams turned to dust after its first two runners fumbled their baton exchange.

That left the last two runners Jared Lim and Shahrir with just too much to do in too short a distance as Sengkang Secondary, powered by anchorman Aaron Foo, took the gold in 43.27sec, missing the meet record of 43.13sec by a whisker.

Liang Wei’s miss was even narrower.

The 16-year-old 200m champion left the rest of her field in the Girls 100m eating her dust but even as she tried her best,  her time of 12.56sec was 0.02 seconds off the record of 12.54 seconds set by Nurulaini Ariffin in 1995.

But Liang Wei’s win was one of the several victories that enabled the Sports School to successfully defend the B Girls Divisional title that it has been winning since 2006.

St Nicholas Girls toppled reigning champions Cedar Girls to win the C Division title for the first time since 2004, while Hwa Chong Institution – unsurprisingly – won the  Boys B and C Division titles again for the 26th time.

(Note: HCI was known as The Chinese High when it started winning the divisional titles in 1982. It changed its name to HCI in 2005).

Meanwhile, Raffles Institution JC won the A Boys and Girls divisional titles but did it in such contrasting fashion. The  girls were runaway winners, with 197 points compared to nearest rivals CI which had 129.

Fiona Ng (golds in 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Joana Chng (golds in 100m, 4x100m, 4x400m) and Gail Chia (golds in long jump, triple jump and 4x100m) played sterling roles in helping their school to win the crown.

In contrast,  the RIJC boys really had to scrap for theirs.

It was a point-for-point, tooth-and-nail battle between RIJC and Victoria JC, and in the end RIJC prevailed by just three points when it ended with 167 points compared to VJC’s 164.

Both schools won six golds but RIJC took the crown after winning more silvers and bronzes. It had 8 silvers and 6 bronzes compared to VJC’s 4 and 4.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsflash: Piriyah lucks out in national open 400m hurdles record attempt

Singapore Sports School hurdler T. Piriyah tried her best but cold not achieve the unprecedented act of breaking a national open record at the 50th Schools National Track and Field Championships this morning.

The 16-year-old rising talent, coached by Georgian Viatcheslav Vassilieve, was tipped by long-time athletics observers to break the 25-year-old national women’s 400m hurdles open record of 62.8 seconds set by  Norshidah Ali in 1984.

After all, she had clocked an impressive 63.11sec at the Pacific Schools Games in December. And to prepare her for today’s event, Vassilieve had rested her from yesterday afternoon’s B Girls 4x400m relay.

But the Choa Chu Kang Stadium track, made damp by the early morning rain, and the lack of equal-calibre rivals in her final put paid to Piriyah’s hopes today.

Piriyah started out very strongly and was already a clear winner at the 300m mark as her rivals ate her dust. But despite pushing herself as hard as she could, she just could not break the 63-second barrier. She breasted the tape in 64.23secs, a timing which was even slower than the meet record of 63.86sec which she set at last year’s Championships.

But Vassilieve was philosophical about Piriyah’s miss. “There are several meets coming up this year, including this weekend’s Negri Sembilan Open, so there will be many opportunities for Piriyah to break the record,” he said.

“I am confident she will do it eventually.”

There were several other near misses at today’s Championships. Tanglin Secondary’s Ong Chin Hwee missed out on the B Boys 400m hurdles mark of  56.55sec when he stormed home in 56.83secs.

St Joseph’s Institution’s Edwin Tay was a distant second, finishing three seconds behind in 59.14sec while Hwa Chong Institution’s Samuel Tay took the bronze in 59.27sec.

Singapore Sports School’s Shanti Pereira missed out on breaking her older sister Valerie’s C Division 200m mark of 26.58sec when she won the event in 26.92sec.  

Thia Yi Yi of St Nicholas Girls was second in 27.32sec, edging out North Vista Secondary’s Ruelia Nesaranjini (27.54sec) for the silver.

Finally, Raffles Institution JC’s Fiona Ng strained every sinew in the A Division 200m and ran out a clear winner. But her time of 25.88sec could not break the 2005 meet record of 25.61sec set by Lee Yan Lin in 2005. 

HCI’s Chong Jia Yuan (26.19sec) and Joanna Chng of RIJC (26.37sec) finished second and third respectively.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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