Romaine Soh clearing the barrier enroute to the finish. (Photo 1 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Choa Chu Kang Stadium, Tuesday, April 3, 2012 — Romaine Soh of Victoria JC made a final surge in the last 100m to win the A Division Girls’ 2000m Steeplechase race with a time of 8 minutes 14.03 seconds at the 53rd National Inter School Track & Field Championships 2012.
She bettered her third-place result from the 2011 competition where she finished with a time of 8:28.29. From the start, it was clear that it was going to be a race between Romaine and Raffles Institution’s Seow Yun Yun.
Yun Yun led for almost the entire race with Romaine keeping just one step behind. Romaine lost momentum in the second lap after a hard landing in the water hazard but she quickly recovered to keep up with Yun Yun.
In the final lap, Romaine continued to trail Yun Yun but managed to keep pace. As they cleared the water hazard, Romaine made a quick move and overtook Yun Yun in the last 100m, pulling ahead to win gold while Yun Yun settled for second place, finishing in 8:18.53.
Chua Wan Ping from Anglo Chinese Junior College finished in third place with a time of 8:42.61.
1st Soh Rui Min Romaine (Victoria JC) –8:14.03
2nd Seow Yun Yun (Raffles Institution) — 8:18.53
3rd Chua Wan Ping (Anglo-Chinese JC) — 8:42.61
4th Ho Min Debbie (Hwa Chong Institution) — 8:58.54
5th Kwee Yi Ning (Raffles Institution) — 9:01.90
6th S Shamitaa (Hwa Chong Institution) — 9:03.30
7th Esther Mel Ambro (Anglo-Chinese JC) — 9:38.56
8th Tan Li-Wen Elaine (Anglo-Chinese JC) — 9:54.86
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