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
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