Story by REDintern Julianna Jothi. Photos by REDintern Jared Khoo and Iman Hashim/Red Sports.
National Stadium, Thursday, March 28, 2019 — Hitting a 13.04-second timing in her heats, Ashley Tan of Cedar Girls’ Secondary broke her own personal record with a timing of 12.56s in the 80 metres hurdles final for C Division girls.
Hayley Lim of National Junior College (NJC) clinched second place, while Raffles Girls’ Kaylene Chan finished third.
“I started my athletics journey in Cedar last year but this is my first time representing my school in the hurdles dash,” said Ashley after her hurdles win.
“I have put in immense work and I truly feel very accomplished that I managed to get on the podium for an event I wasn’t used to doing back in primary school.”
“I’m also aiming to get podium for the 100m and 4x100m because I was able to come in top four for both the heats and the semi-finals. Also I know I am capable of achieving podium and I truly want to accomplish that,” she continued.
Ashley went on to finish fourth in the 100m final a day later with a time of 13.38s, and aided her Cedar team to the bronze medal in the 4x100m relay.
Runner-up Hayley Lim of NJC, who stopped the clock at 13.11s, was also new to the hurdles. In fact, this meet was her first time racing in the hurdles event, and she was overwhelmed by her result.
“I feel quite happy with my performance and I was able to break my personal best from my heats by 0.8 seconds,” Hayley said.
“If you asked me like two weeks ago I probably would say I wasn’t confident as I was still hitting the hurdles during training,” she added.
“Back at KPT during my warm up I was actually able to cross two hurdles successfully, and this boosted my confidence, leading me to step into the final bravely.”
Hayley also shared her thought process as she dashed towards the finish line, saying: “As I was gunning for second place that was all that was running on my mind. The first runner was already too far ahead for me to catch up and I could feel the third runner catching up to me.
“All I knew was that I wanted to reach the finish line maintaining my second place.”
C Division Girls’ 80m Hurdles Final – Results
1st Ashley Tan Yi Han (Cedar Girls’ Secondary, #784) — 12.56 seconds
2nd Hayley Lim Hui En (National Junior College, #705) — 13.11
3rd Kaylene Chan (Raffles Girls’ School, #738) — 13.55
4th Claire Chen Chang Rong (CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, #542) — 13.84
5th Chloe Chong Le Xuan (Dunman High School, #811) — 14.17
6th Lau Jia Shing (Raffles Girls’ School, #739) — 14.51
7th Victoria Chan Chien Yee (CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, #566) — 14.59
8th Wong Wei Ting (Dunman High School, #824) — 14.88
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