A bad back injury which lasted eight months forced Sin Ming Wei out of his pet event, the sprint hurdles, three years ago. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. "That was when I realised I'm not cut out for hurdling because my injury stemmed from hurdling," said the Hwa Chong Institution Year 6 student. "Afterwards, I decided to try out 400 (metres), because back then I wasn't that of a strong starter, so I wasn't really that suited for the short burst events." "I think I had potential (in the 400m) and basically my coach and my teammates continued supporting me, and that's where I am today." And where he is today, is atop the A Division boys' 400m podium. In a tight race, he stopped the clock first in a personal best 51.45 seconds, finishing just 0.13s ahead of runner-up Samel Sahil Chetan (51.58s) of Singapore Sports School.
A Div 400m: Sports School’s Diane Pragasam makes it six in six after edging past Hwa Chong’s Amanda Woo
Diane Hilary Pragasam of Singapore Sports School clocked a new personal best of 1:01.00 to clinch her sixth 400m gold in six years at the annual National Schools Track and Field Championships.
Hwa Chong Institution's (HCI) Clarice Lau claimed the A Division girls' 3000m title 17 seconds ahead of Anglo- Chinese Junior College's (ACJC) Caylee Chua.
Bouncing back from his defeat in the B Division boys' 1500-metre final, Chai Jiacheng took it in his stride to clinch the gold medal in the B Division boys' 3000m.
Ethan Yan of Hwa Chong Institution edges out Ruben S/O Loganathan of Anderson Serangoon JC to claim the gold in the A Division Boys' 5000m race.
Hwa Chong Institution's Mei Togawa went beyond even her own expectations as she vaulted to a new A Division girl's mark of 3.19 metres en route to gold in the girls' Open pole vault event, while Lin Ziqi of CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School placed 11th with a 2.30m jump to crack the C Division girls' record.
Defending champion Lim En Ning of Dunman High School (DHS) defied injuries to deliver a stunning leap of 5.66 metres, edging out her fellow competitors to win the A division girls' long jump event.
Tedd Toh is perhaps fondly remembered for his animated antics, but he was uncharacteristically silent right before his sixth and final attempt in the A Division boys' long jump competition at the 60th National Schools Track and Field Championship. The Hwa Chong Institution fifth-year student knew he had one last chance at catching Victoria Junior College's Kampton Kam, who had recorded 6.81 metres earlier, against a head wind of 1.6 metre/second on his third jump. The loud roar at the end told the whole story.