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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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Epilogue: It’s confirmed – Benjamin Ng is new national U-17 pole vault record holder

This posting is long overdue, and so my deepest apologies to all who have been waiting for some form of confirmation/conclusion/closure over whether Benjamin Ng’s height of 4.30m, cleared at the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships is the new national U-17 record.

As you may recall, I wrote about this confusion in a previous entry (6 Aug 2008) entitled “So who is the national U-17 pole vault record holder? Solomon Tan or Benjamin Ng? The SAA says…”

I tried writing to the SAA to shed some light on the issue but Christina Tay, the CEO of the national sports body, declined to accomodate my request because “in view of your anonymity, we feel it inappropriate to make further comment,” she said. 

Fair play to them but I felt the reply was a disservice to the local athletics scene nonetheless.

A day later, I received a pleasant surprise via email.

A long-time observer of the local pole vault scene wrote to explain why Solomon Tan’s height of 4.35m, which he set at the 2001 National Schools Track and Field Championships, has not been recognised as the national U-17 mark.

I am going to reproduce his letter below. He has asked to remain anonymous.

But before I do so, my apologies to him and to all for the delay in putting this up. I was caught up with covering the Beijing Olympics during that period. Also, I felt that this entry would have been lost in the string of entries I posted about the Olympics.

Now that Olympic fever has died down, this is probably the best time to put this up. 

My thanks to the reader who sent the email.

And to all school teachers and coaches out there, please take his advice seriously – if you want your athletes’ achievements to be listed in the national record books, you’ve got to follow the proper procedures. Let us all do our bit – for the sake of local athletics, and for the sake of Singapore sport.

Meanwhile, my heartiest congratulations to Benjamin Ng for setting the new national U-17 record. I wish you all the best in your fledgling pole-vaulting career and hope to see you continuing to soar to new heights.  

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Email from a reader (received 7 Aug 2008):

Hi! Singapore Sports Fan,

 

I hope that I can help to answer your questions with regards to the Singapore National Men Under 17 Record.

 

Solomon Tan of The Chinese High School (now known as Hwa Chong Institution) cleared 4.35m at the 2001 National Inter-Schools Track & Field Championships. His birthdate is 28 April 1985, then 16 years of age by 31 December 2001 (under IAAF rules the age calculation is based on the last day of the competition year).

 

However, in 2001, the CCAB (Co-curricular Activities Branch of MOE) used teachers of various participating schools as officials. Thus, the supposed record height of 4.35m was not ratified. It was only in 2003 or 2004 that CCAB employed Singapore Athletics Association’s (SAA) IAAF certified officials.

 

IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Rule 149 states that “No performance accomplished by an athlete will be valid unless it is accomplished during an official competition organised in conformity with IAAF Rules”.

 

Furthermore, for SAA to recognise and ratify records, the proper procedure (I suppose) would be CCAB sending official results of the event to SAA with the signatories of the certified IAAF officials involving in officiating the event. Unfortunately, CCAB has never done so before.

 

In addition, prior to the 2005 National Junior Championships, the pole vault was competed as an open category event, i.e. as long as you are a junior, you compete together with the seniors.

 

2005 was the year the Under 17 Category was introduced (for your interest, Under 15 category was introduced in 2007. In the same year, SAA started the Pole Vault Series organised on every last Saturday of the month).

 

At the 2005 National Junior Championships, the Pole Vault Men under 17 category was won by James Ting Jia Liang of Victoria School (born in 1989) with the height of 4.05m (April 2005). Hence, this height became the official Under 17 Record.

 

A bit of history: in March 2007, Jacob Yao Jun Jie of Catholic High (born 1992) lifted the record to 4.10m and then cleared 4.15m in April 2008 before Sean Lim (born 1993) scaled a 4.16m at this year’s National Junior Championships in June.

 

(Here’s another piece of information which may interest you: after that 4.16m record, Sean Lim cleared 4.20m on 28 Jun 2008 (2008 Pole Vault Series #6). But there were no certified IAAF officials around, hence the results were not ratified).

 

My purpose of answering all your questions is my hope that our local athletes can be educated through your sites with regards to the proper procedures of obtaining verified documents of competition results and sending them to SAA for record ratification.

 

If you run through the National Schools’ Records, you may also find that A Girls’ Triple Jump record is farther than the current National Record and some others I suppose. All have not been ratified for the same reasons stated above.

 

The senior men Pole Vault record would have been 4.79m by Mr. Ng Kean Mun and not 4.66m by Mr. Mok Hay Foo if Mr. Ng, then studying in Nebraska, USA, knew about this requirement.

 

I hope and very much appreciate that you would not name me when writing your report.

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Newsflash: 11 records in one day at National Schools C’ships

An amazing 11 records went a-crashing at the 49th National Schools Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium today as long-time observers of the annual competition were left rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

According to these long-time observers who are veteran teachers and coaches, this is the first time that so many school marks were shattered on the same day – the sixth day of the eight-day long Championships.

What was even more remarkable was the fact that ALL the records in three events were broken in one afternoon, namely the Boys A, B and C Division 400m marks, the Girls A, B and C Division 400m records and the Girls A, B and C Division hurdles records.

That’s not all – a new national Girls U-17 400m record was also set. 

Day Six of the Championships had started off tamely in the morning with two records being broken. Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) got the ball rolling by breaking the Boys C Div 4x400m relay record in the heats.

The school, a traditional athletics powerhouse, clocked 3min 38.29sec to squeeze out the Singapore Sports School’s prevailing mark of 3min 38.92sec which was set in 2006.

Hwa Chong Institution’s Cai Jiashen then brought the curtain down on the morning’s programme in style by setting a new record in the B Division Boys shot put final. He hurled the iron ball 15.74m to break Chia Chang Yi’s 2002 record of 15.53m.

Even then, the two records were no indication of the tidal wave of record-breaking feats that was to come in the afternoon. Not only that. The new marks came in such quick succession that the spectators and coaches watching from the stands of the Choa Chu Kang Stadium were simply left agog.

Hwa Chong Institution’s Amanda Tan led the charge when she ran and leapt her way to victory in the Girls A Division 100m hurdles final. She clocked 15.47sec to break the 15.80sec record she had set in the heats on Thursday.

Singapore Sports School’s Noreen Herman then cracked the B Division 100m hurdles record when she breasted the tape in 15.35sec, shaving 0.07sec off the record 15.42sec set by Inez Leong of St Nicholas Girls barely 24 hours earlier.

Noreen’s school and training mate, Goh Weining, then made it a double for the Sports School when she won the Girls C Division 80m hurdles in 12.52sec, breaking Inze Leong’s 2007 record of 12.70sec.

The bloodbath continued in the next three events as all the records in the Girls 400m were just as mercilessly massacred. National Junior College’s Shalom See broke the A Girls record of 58.70sec  when she romped home in 58.65sec but it was the following race which was to become the most talked-about of the lot.

Singapore Sports School runner T. Piriyah, after living for so long in the shadows of more-established contemporaries such as Dipna Lim Prasad and Valerie Pereira,  finally announced her arrival as a future star to watch with a scintillating performance in the B Division Girls 400m final.

The Secondary Four student finished in 57.11sec, three seconds ahead of her nearest rival, to clock not just a new B Division record (old rec: 58.68sec by Dipna Prasad in 2007) but also a new national girls U-17 record.

Her winning time shattered Valerie Pereira’s three-year-old  U-17 record of 58.03sec, making Piriyah the first person to set a national age-group record at this year’s Championships.

It is also her second schools record of the Championships. She had previously set a new record of 66.05sec in the heats of the Girls B Division 400m hurdles on Tuesday. 

Clara Poon of Cedar Girls School then made it a collective hat-trick of 400m records when she won her C Division final in 60.48sec, breaking Dipna Lim’s three-year mark of 60.98sec.

After rubbing their eyes in disbelief, the spectators at Choa Chu Kang were left wondering whether any more records would be broken in the remaining nine events. They didn’t need to wonder for too long.

The final three records of the afternoon came in the next three events – the Boys A, B and C Division 400m finals.

Nineteen-year-old Millennia Institute student Shalindran Sathiyanesan became the toast of his school when he recorded a new personal best of 49.35sec to break the A Division record of 49.39sec (Muhd Firdaus Juhari, 2002). The fact that Shalindran had only set his previous personal best (50.20sec) at the Akira Swift Open in June is a clear sign that the teenager’s running career is on the rise.

Shalindran’s performance must also have inspired Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)’s Ng Chin Hui as the latter raced home in 51. 97sec in the next race to erase Jamie Ross Coates’ record of 52.42sec.

That, in turn, must have been a huge source of motivation for Singapore Sports School student Jamie.

Annoyed at seeing his name wiped off the record books, the 16-year-old English teenager turned in a fantastic performance in the B Division final as he crossed the line in 49.75sec to break Vernon Vijayan’s 2000 record of 50.21sec and to set the 11th and final record of the afternoon.

Today’s results mean that, to date, 17 schools records have already been broken since the annual championships started on 3 July. The other six new marks are:

i. Boys A Div shot put – Scott Wong (Hwa Chong Institution), 16.79m (OR: 16.28m, Scott Wong, 2007)

ii. Boys C Div 100m hurdles – Sean Toh (Victoria School), 13.93sec (OR: 14.20sec, Muhammad Nazri Ishak, 2005)

iii. Girls A Div javelin – Tan Xin Yin (HCI), 41.87m (OR: 41.20m, Xie Yu Ru, 1989)

iv. Girls B Div 400m hurdles – T. Piriyah (Singapore Sports School), 66.05sec (OR: 66.99, Dipna Lim Prasad, 2007)

v. Girls B Div triple jump – Mariam Shazana (Singapore Sports School), 11.56m (OR: 11.28m, Tai Xiao Hui, 2004)

vi. Girls C Div discus – Chan Zhi Xuan (Cedar Girls) 31.76m  (OR: Wan Lay Chi, 30.21m, 2002)

For more detailed results, please see www.rjcat.com.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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