Story by Stefanus Ian/Red Sports. Photos by Iman Hashim and Stefanus Ian/Red Sports.
Kallang Practice Track, January 11, 2020 — Kerstin Ong clinched her second Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic women’s hurdles titles in three years for Singapore Management University while Singapore Institute of Technology’s Terence Tang grabbed the gold for the men’s hurdles event in a straight final.
After clocking in at 15.82s in the heats, Kerstin went on to stop the clock at 15.61s in the women’s 100m hurdles final to comfortably win her first race of the season. It was the first time since 2016 that the women’s hurdles had enough participants for heats to be run.
“I think I did not do very well in the heats, so I am glad that I had a second chance in the finals to do better, but it’s the first race of the season, so there’s more to come,” said the 23-year-old undergraduate.
“I’m just glad I won for my school,” added Kerstin.
The women’s race got off on the wrong foot when Republic Polytechnic’s Rachel Chin, who qualified second fastest with 16.20s, was judged to have made a false start and was given the red card. With Rachel being disqualified, Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Joanna Seet took home the silver with 17.12s and Emma Tan of National University of Singapore wrapped up the podium with a time of 17.48s.
In the men’s 110 metres hurdles event, Terence Tang of Singapore Institute of Technology bettered the silver he got in 2017 to clinch first place ahead of Nanyang Polytechnic’s duo of Isaac Toh and Silas Ng.
Terence’s time of 15.20s in the final race is the exact same time he got during his silver medal-winning run in 2017.
“I think it was a good race for the first race of the year… I actually hurt my foot about three days ago,” said the 23-year-old.
“So I was pretty sad about it because I wasn’t at my 100 per cent but I was calm, I was composed and I managed to execute my race well.”
NYP’s Isaac Toh clinched silver in the race with a time of 15.75s while his teammate Silas Ng came in third with a time of 16.57s to clinch bronze.
Women’s 100 Metre Hurdles (W/G: 2.4m/s)
1st Kerstin Ong (#322, Singapore Management University) — 15.61 seconds
2nd Joanna Seet (# 206, Ngee Ann Polytechnic) — 17.12
3rd Emma Tan (#141, National University of Singapore) — 17.48
4th Renee Lum (#26, Nanyang Polytechnic) — 18.23
5th Caris Lau (#78, Nanyang Technological University) — 18.31
6th Zara Chin (#124, National University of Singapore) — 21.11
Men’s 110 Metre Hurdles (W/G: -0.2m/s)
1st Terence Tang (#316, Singapore Institute of Technology) — 15.20 seconds
2nd Isaac Toh (#68, Nanyang Polytechnic) — 15.75
3rd Silas Ng (#67, Nanyang Polytechnic) — 16.57
4th Elston Lim (#379, Singapore Polytechnic) — 17.55
5th Wong Jing Jie (#415, Singapore University of Social Sciences) — 20.33
6th Cowen Ong (#233, Ngee Ann Polytechnic) — 21.94
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