What historic nuggets went down on the final day as the annual NSG track and field meet returned under the National Stadium roof for the first time since 2019? Red Sports gives you a full lowdown of the relay finals along with pieces of statistical trivia.
St. Patrick's School's Viresh Kumar clinched the B Div boys' high jump gold with a personal best clearance of 1.90m, getting the better of RI's national u15 record holder Rei Tan who settled for silver with 1.88m.
Victoria Junior College's Faith Ford clocked 4:52.41 in the A Div girls' 1500m final to shatter the 24-year-old electronically-timed record of 4:54.02 held by Rahmah Begum, and Zhang Cuiying's hand-timed mark of 4:53.7 set in 1991. The feat added to her record-breaking run in the 3000m heats two weeks earlier.
Clara Lim of RGS rose above her competition to snatch the B Div girls' 100m gold in 12.49s (-0.1m/s), slashing one hundredth of a second off her personal best and dipping just 0.04s ahead of nearest challenger Teh Ying Shan of Chung Cheng High (Yishun). In a historic first for the girls' 100m across all divisions, all eight finalists went under the 13s barrier.
Raffles Institution (RI)’s Tate Tan clinched gold in the A Division boys’ 100-metre final in an eye-catching 10.74 seconds (-0.2m/s), becoming the third-fastest schoolboy in NSG history in the event.
When Singapore Sports School (SSP)’s Huang Weijun received the baton on the anchor in the B Division boys’ 4 by 400 metres relay final, he knew a massive winning streak was on the line for his school in the event. The B boys’ 100m-200m sprint king was up against Victoria School (VS)’s 800m champion and 400m silver medalist Subaraghav Hari who got the baton slightly earlier, and he understood the assignment. Weijun took advantage of his speed to overtake the latter within the first bend, and never relented as he brought the gold home for SSP in 3 minutes 31.47 seconds, a marginal 0.18s ahead of VS (3:31.65). Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) took the bronze in 3:35.44.
NSG Track & Field: HCI bag first A girls’ relay double since 2015, first C boys’ 4x100m gold in 2 decades
With their tag as traditional powerhouses in schools' track and field, one would think that Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) are dominant in the marquee relay events. They turned out to be, but not before erasing a few relay gold droughts in the girls' A Division and C boys' 4 by 100 metres at the 63rd National Schools Track and Field Championships.
As Harry Irfan Curran crossed the finish line first in the C Division boys’ 4 by 400 metres relay final, he raised his arms into a heart shape directed at his Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) teammates. That gesture stemmed from relief more than anything. A day earlier in the 4x100m relay final, the same quartet — the favourites having qualified fastest — got disqualified when second runner John Tan, the 200m hurdles champion, fell in the exchange zone and outgoing runner Sean Gerard Yoo picked up the baton before his teammate did.