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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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Piriyah is clearly starting to grow in confidence

The report:

This appeared in The Sunday Times:

Sports School teen sets hurdles record

(The Sunday Times, 4 July 2010)

Singapore Sports School student T. Piriyah has broken the national 400m hurdles record for the second time in three months.

The 18-year-old came in third in 61.69 seconds at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Hanoi.

She had first lowered the mark with her time of 62.74sec at the Pahang Open in May. The record had been intact since Noshidah Ali’s 62.8sec set in 1984.


My thoughts:

It’s really great to see Piriyah in record-smashing form again. It sounds like she’s been steadily gaining in confidence in her abilities after finally breaking Norshidah Ali’s 26-year-old mark at the Pahang Open in May.

Piriyah’s time is still about 1.38sec off the bronze-medal winning time of 60.31sec set by Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Bac at last year’s South-east Asian Games.

But there’s still a long time to go before the next SEA Games so I am confident that she can continue to edge closer towards the qualifying time.

Hey, after all, her new national record is a second faster than the time she set in May.

Great job, Piriyah, and my heartiest congratulations to you and your coach, Viatchelsav Vassiliev.

By the way, in case you all have been wondering, I’ve not been blogging the past month because of work commitments, and yes, because of the World Cup.

I am well aware that several new developments have taken place in Singapore sports, most notably the leadership change at the Singapore Athletics Association, and the re-inclusion of the 4x100m men’s relay team for the Commonwealth and Asian Games. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have the time or the energy to sit down and think hard about the issues at hand.

All I can say is my best wishes to Tang Weng Fei and his team. There are many green shoots sprouting in Singapore athletics and I hope he and his team will be able to make sure these young promising talents realise their full medal-winning potentials.

I was also glad to read too that U. K Shyam is back in competitive running and is vying for a place in the 4x100m quartet for the Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Wow, has it been nine years since he broke C Kunalan’s national 100m record and won a silver at the 2001 SEA Games in KL. And he’s still clocking 10.9secs today at age 34? Not shabby at all for someone who has apparently been training just for the fun of it.

I hope to be back and writing more regularly after the World Cup.


Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsflash: T. Piriyah finally breaks 26-year-old national 400m hurdles record

I bring you wonderful news from the Pahang Open today.

It has taken her two years but rising hurdling talent T. Piriyah has finally done it!

According to my contacts in Pahang, the 18-year-old Singapore Sports School graduate has broken the 26-year-old national women’s record for the 400m hurdles which was set by Norshida Mohd Ali in 1984.

Piriyah clocked 62.74sec, eclipsing Norshida’s time of 62.8 by a whisker.

I was truly happy for Piriyah and her coach, Viatcheslav Vassilieve, when I heard the news.

I’ve been tracking Piriyah’s progress for the past two years and still clearly remember how she came close to breaking the record last year.

She first burst into prominence in 2008 when she clocked 63.86sec in the B Girls 400m hurldes final at the National Schools Track and Field Championships.

What made her feat so amazing was that

a) she was five seconds ahead of her nearest rival and

b) she had set a new schools national record of 66.05sec (yes, you read that correctly) in the heats.

In other words, she shaved off an amazing three seconds off her record in the final.

You can read that story here: It’s record no 3 for Piriyah at National Schools C’ships

Piriyah then clocked an impressive 63.11sec at the Pacific School Games at the end of 2008 (see the story here), which set the stage for her to break Norshida’s record at the 2009 National Schools Championships.

If she had succeeded, she would have been the first student ever to break a national open record at the schools championships. 

Sadly, she didn’t. The lack of a strong field saw her clocking 64.23sec instead (you can read it here)

And then it all went ‘downhill’ for Piriyah after that as she went through an indifferent patch of form for the rest of the year.

This is why I am so glad that she has finally succeeded.

It must have been tough on Piriyah these past 10 months  to not reach anywhere near her fantastic times of 2008.

When one struggles for so long, an element of doubt about one’s own abilities is bound to slowly creep into the mind, and self-confidence is slowly destroyed in the process.

Piriyah’s time is still not good enough to win a SEA Games medal though.

At the 2009 SEA Games, Malaysia’s Noraseela Khalid won the event in 56.99sec while Thailand’s A. Winatho (58.00sec) and Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Bac (60.31sec) were second and third respectively.

But I am sure that this new achievement will be a huge boost to her confidence, and well, since the next SEA Games is a good 16-18 months away, I won’t be surprised to see her lowering the record a few more times in a bid to qualify for it.

My heartiest congratulations to Piriyah and Vassiliev. Here’s to more records being broken!

Yours in sports

Singapore Sports Fan

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