Karthic (centre) with his A Division 5000m gold medal. Jared Hui (right) of CJC was 2nd wihle Bryan Yong (left) of RI was 3rd. (Photo 1 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
Choa Chu Kang Stadium, Thursday, April 5, 2012 — Karthic Harish Ragupathy of Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) won the A Division 5000m gold in a time of 16 minutes 52.19 seconds at the 53rd National Schools Track and Field Championships.
He was the only runner in the field to go under 17 minutes.
Jared Hui of Catholic Junior College was second in 17:15.98 while Bryan Yong of Raffles Institution was third in 17:35.76.
With five laps to go, Karthic was essentially running against himself after Bryan Yong dropped off the pace he was setting.
The Championship record of 15:40.58 was set by Darshananth S/O Jayaraman, then of Innova Junior College, in 2006.
In the 2011 A Division 5000m race, the top three runners went under 17 minutes. The race was won by Jeevaneesh S/O Soundararajah, also of HCI, in 16:15.28.
Karthic also won the A Division 3000m Steeplechase final.
Earlier in the year, Karthic also won the A Division Cross-Country title to become only the third schoolboy in history to win all three divisions.
1st Karthic Harish Ragupathy 266 HCI 16:52.19 9
2nd Hui Jia Sheng Jared 79 CJC 17:15.98 7
3rd Yong Ren Wei Bryan 148 RI 17:35.76 6
4th Tan Hoe En Jonathan 139 RI 17:48.67 5
5th Aldrich Lim Jing Hong 72 CJC 17:50.09 4
6th Liaw Jun Lin Max 243 ACJC 17:58.33 3
7th Chua Ying Zhi 234 ACJC 18:18.88 2
8th Ryan Michael Tan Zhi Xian 213 VJC 18:24.64 1
9th Tan Ching Keng Justin 215 VJC 18:25.75
10th Lee Wei Sheng 271 HCI 18:35.01
11th Marc Amiruddin Nabill Bin Abdul Malek 302 MI 18:59.15
12th Lim Hong Yu 101 NJC 19:11.49
13th Look Zhuojian 128 RI 19:24.58
14th Murugendra Morgan 191 TJC 19:36.77
15th Yeo Yee Peng Joshua 292 HCI 20:02.51
16th Lester Chua Ming Ze 242 ACJC 20:09.62
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Karthic crossing the finish line first in the A Division 3000m Steeplechase final. (Photo 2 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)