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Sports School, Jawhardeen shine

It was one of the longest winning streaks in school sports. And it finally ended. -ST
Gregory Loo

Sat, Apr 20, 2013
The Straits Times

Syahirran Sadeli (arm raised) helping the Singapore Sports School (SSS) win the B Division overall title at the 54th National Inter-School Track and Field Championships held at Choa Chu Kang Stadium on 17 April 2013.

FOR 22 years, the prize sat snugly in the trophy cabinet of Hwa Chong Institution, including their 14 wins as The Chinese High School.

It was one of the longest winning streaks in school sports.

And it finally ended, when the Singapore Sports School claimed the B Division boys' overall title at the 54th National Inter-School Track & Field Championships at Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

The Sports School swept the gold medals for the B Division sprint events on the final day of the meet, winning the 100m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Counting Keith Yong's third-placed finish in the 1,500m, the Sports School amassed 133 points to wrest the title away from second-placed HCI (124).

The other highlight of the final day was V S Mohamed Jawhardeen's win in the A Division boys' 100m final.

In an exciting race, the Secondary 5 student from Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School came from behind to edge out Raffles Institution's Ezra Toh with a personal best of 10.79sec.

The win completed a double for Jawhardeen, who also beat Ezra in the 200m on Monday. His winning time of 21.83sec was another personal best.

The 18-year-old has shown tremendous improvement after switching from the 400m and 800m.

In the B Division 100m and 200m finals last year, Jawhardeen clocked 11.73 and 23.26 respectively.

Jawhardeen's performances caught the eye of Singapore Athletic Association vice-president Loh Chan Pew, who said: "He is very consistent and, if he continues to train hard, I think he can hit 10.5 next year.

"I will recommend that he joins the 4x100m train- ing squad, but I think he can make it for the national team, possibly even the SEA Games this year."

Jawhardeen, whose father Sirajudeen was also a sprinter, has no regrets switching to the sprints.

He said: "I'm a poor starter and the guy behind me was very fast, but I just kept my focus on getting to my top speed.

"It feels good to have won as all the hard work has paid off, but without the support of my teachers, coach and family, I don't think I would have come this far.

Clear mind

"I'm thankful to them, especially my coach Donovan Ong, who always told me to keep my mind clear."

In the C Division girls, Iman Fandi bagged two gold medals and a silver yesterday to add to her 200m bronze on Monday.

The daughter of football legend Fandi Ahmad finished second in the 100m behind schoolmate Ismi Zakiah Kashful Anwar, and was also part of the 4x100m and 4x400m relay winning teams.

Said the 13-year-old: "I could've done better with the 100m, but I think it was a good haul.

"I definitely have room to improve, but I really liked the adrenalin from the competition."

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