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Six more new records set at 2011 National Schools Track and Field C’ships

The report:

This report appeared in today’s edition of Today:

CHIN HUI MAKES HIS MARK

(Today Online, 22 April 2011)

He won the “A” Division boys’ 400m gold medal at the 52nd National Inter School Track & Field Championships 2011 on Wednesday and there was more joy at the finish line for Raffles Institution (Junior College) sprinter Ng Chin Hui.

The 17-year-old broke the meet record of 49.35sec with a time of 48.98sec, becoming the first schoolboy to go under the 49-sec mark (electronic timing). No youngster has clocked a sub-49 since Sandy Hong’s hand-timed 48.80sec in the national schools’ event in 1984.

Chin Hui, who is coached by veteran Loh Chan Pew, beat team-mate Seow Yang Yang (49.54s) and R Avinash (50.71s) of Anglo Chinese Junior College in the final at Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

The youngster was also part of the Raffles Institution quartet that went under the SEA Games qualifying mark of 3min 26.46sec for the 4x400m relay at last month’s SPH Schools Relay. Calvin Khor, Chin Hui, Khong Zhiwei and Yang Yang clocked a time of 3:24.40s to win the gold medal ahead of Anglo-Chinese Junior College (3:28.90) and Anglo-Chinese School International (3:30.50). – LOW LIN FHOONG

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My thoughts:

My heartiest congratulations to Chin Hui for becoming the first schoolboy in 27 years to go under the 49-second mark in the 400m as he set a new National Schools A Division Boys record on Thursday.  It’s a wonderful accomplishment but I also hope that it won’t be another 27 years before this new record is broken.

Chin Hui’s time also erased Raffles Institution teammate Seow Yeong Yang’s record of 49.35sec which he had set in the semi-finals a few days earlier.

Several other new records have been set at this year’s National Schools Track and Field Championships by the following students:

1. Zachary Devaraj (Anglo-Chinese School Independent) who set a new mark of 1min 57.01sec in the A Boys 800m final. The previous record was 1:57.67 by Subaish Rajamanickam of Yishin JC in 2002.

2. Timothee Yap (Hwa Chong Institution) who set a record of 55.19sec in the heats of the A Boys 400m hurdles. The previous mark was 55.98sec set by Shafiq Kashmiri (Victoria JC) in 2002

3. Wong Kai Yuen (HCI) who threw 17.68m in the A Boys shot put final to break the 17.11m mark set by HCI’s Lim Zhuo Yan in 2009

4. Chan Zhi Xuan (Anglo-Chinese JC) who threw 38.60m in the A Girls discus final to break the distance of 35.58m by more than three metres.  If the name sounds familiar, it is because Zhi Xuan broke the B Girls record last year when she was with Cedar Girls. She threw 37.94m then. Zhi Xuan’s achievement was also very noteworthy as the A Girls record was last set by Asha Mane of Yusof Ishak Secondary in 1972. That’s a whopping 39 years ago.

5. Jannah Wong (Katong Convent) currently holds the distinction of being the only athlete to break a record twice at this year’s Championships. She set two records in the B Girls 100m hurdles. Her time of 14.92sec in the semi-finals erased Singapore Sports School student Goh Weining’s time of 15.00sec which was set last year. Jannah then bettered her own mark in the final when she clocked 14.85sec.

This year’s meet also saw Ang Chen Xiang of RI equalling Abdul Hakim Abdul Halim’s A Boys record of 14.46sec.

The Singapore Sports Fan would like to extend his heartiest congratulations to all the record-breakers. Great stuff, guys, and I hope to see you guys continuing to raise the bar in future Championships.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsflash: Sean Lim vaults his way to new national junior record

Talented young pole vaulter Sean Lim broke his third national record of the year today when he set a new national junior record during the Boys’ U-17 Pole Vault event at the 35th Singapore Junior Athletics Championships.

The 16-year-old Hwa Chong Institution student, who has already broken the National U-17  record twice this year – in April (when he cleared 4.36m at the 50th Schools National Track and Field Championships) and in May (when he soared 4.50m during the Singapore Athletic Association’s Pole Vault Series 3) – added another 11cm to his personal best with his 4.61m winning effort today.

It broke the National Junior record of 4.60m set by Solomon Tan in 2003.

After accomplishing his record-breaking feat in his first vault, Sean then set the bar at 4.67m in a valiant attempt to break the National Open record of 4.66m (by Mok Hay Foo, 1993). However, he did not manage to do so with his second vault.

Sean then raised the bar to 4.70m for his last two vaults but also did not manage to clear the bar. He will be gunning for the national record this weekend at the Swift Open.

Meanwhile, Nanyang Polytechnic student Akid Chong bettered the men’s National Open record of 59.22m (Ng Bock Huat, 1988) when he won the Boys U-20 Javelin event (800g) with his best effort of 60.47m.

However, I am given to understand that the 18-year-old’s effort will not be recognised as a national record as he is a Singapore permanent resident. Only Singapore citizens can be named as national record holders. 

It will, however, be a new meet record (old meet record: 53.62m by Huang Huaren in 1992). (Note from SSF: I do not know why Akid’s winning throw of 53.70m at last year’s SJAC was subsequently not listed as the meet record for this year’s competition even though it had surpassed Huang Huaren’s meet record of 53.62m)

Said Akid in an interview with yours truly:  “I have considered applying for citizenship before but I am not able to because both my parents are Malaysian. I’ll have to wait until I am 21. 

“Still, getting my distance recognised as the meet record is good enough. I hope to continue to help raise the standard of javelin throwing in Singapore.”

Akid’s perennial arch-rival Koh Thong En took the silver with his 55.19m effort.

However, as the Victoria Junior College student’s distance is further than Huang Huaren’s national junior mark of 53.62m, Thong En will be recognised as the new national junior record holder.

Four other new meet records were established today, three by jumpers from national jumps coach Valeri Obidko’s stable.

Stefan Tseng broke the Boys U-20 triple jump meet record of 14.21m (set by Tan Lee Ken in 1977) when he cleared 15.80m. However, he failed to secure his ticket to this year’s SEA Games in Laos. The national record holder (16.04m) needed to clear 16.o7m in order to qualify for Laos.

Likewise, Mariam Shazana set a new Girls U-20 triple jump meet record with her winning distance of 11.50m (old record: 11.19m by Pan Peiting) but failed to qualify for the IAAF World Youth Championships.

The 17-year-old, who holds the national record of 11.70m, needs to clear 12m in order to qualify for the Championships which will be held in Italy in July.

She has one more opportunity to do so – at next week’s SEA Junior Championships.    

Finally, Singapore Sports School student Nurshaishireen Mohd Rahim set a new meet record in the Girls U-17 triple jump when she cleared 11.05m. Her effort was a centimetre further than Gail Chia’s meet record of 11.04m set in 2006.

Javelin thrower Tan Zhi Hao of Hwa Chong Institution won the Boys U-17 event with his 53.18m effort and bettered the previous meet record of 51.48m. 

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

6 May 2009 – Newsflash: Pole vaulter Sean Lim breaks national U-17 mark again  

2 July 2008 – The SSF Interview: Akid looking to spear national mark next

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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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