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Pahang Open 2010
  • May 8th, 2010

Recently during the Labor Day weekend, a 19 member Team Singapore contingent competed at the Pahang Open, which was held on 1st to 2nd May.

This was the team second overseas competition, the first was Negeri Sembilan, another Malaysian state held meet.

The Pahang outing which took place at the Temerloh Stadium, some 133km from Kuala Lumpur, saw one national record fell; the women’s 400m hurdles, and a credible meet Championship record by the 4x100m men squad.

Now a group of Team Singapore prepares for their next overseas meet, the Taiwan Open.

T.Piriyah, 17-years-old

Pahang results: 400m hurdles 62.74s, a new national record

I was already aiming to break the national record since 2008. So that was my main goal going there.

In Pahang, I broke the National record for 400m Hurdles with a timing of 62.74s. The record previously stood at 62.8s held by Noshidah Ali set in 1984.

I only ran 400m hurdles event.

Poh Seng Song, 27-years-old

Pahang results: 100m (10.91s for heats, 11.05s for finals)

Pahang Open is the first competition for me this year. Both my coach and I went with the objective of hitting a sub 11 for the 100m, as we are currently still loading. I actually thought that I would hit above 11s as my muscles still felt heavy even the week of Pahang Open.

I ran 10.91s (heats) and 11.05s (finals). The race was quite competitive as there were many Malaysian national runners there as well. Overall a good competition.

Alfred Sim (Coach to Calvin Kang)

Initially, I didn’t plan to let Calvin race in Pahang. We were gearing up for Taipei Open which is end of May. Since Coach Hamkah is sending the 4x100m team, I thought it would be good if Calvin can race the 200m as a training.

In the last Allcomers, Calvin did a 22.9s for his 200m. We trained hard after the AllComers and focused on strength and speed training. We did a lot of technique work, especially on his knee drive in the acceleration phase. Therefore I was confident that he could do a sub 22.00s, and he did!

Calvin had a slight strain on his left soleus after the 200m and will be having light training for the time being. He was feeling good before he left for Pahang, but I was not in Pahang, so I can’t tell you much regarding why he strained his calf.

The next competition will be in Taipei, hopefully he will be able to run close to his personal best. In the meantime, we will be working on strength and plyometrics training, and I hope he recovers quick and will run fast again in the next competition.

Calvin Kang, 20-years-old

Pahang results: 200m (21.88s) and 4x100m (41.28s, meet record)

I ran the 4x100m and the 200m. For the relay, it was our first race of the year. Team consist of Rahman, Elfi, Nasir, Calvin, Izwan, Cheng Wei. We ran a 41.28s came in 1st. For the relay it was just an opening race, so not much expectations yet. My coach wanted me to run the 200m as he wanted me to train for the 100m to run in either Taiwan Open or the Asian Grand Prix. My goal was to run a sub 22s.

I eventually manage to run a 21.88s in the finals coming in 3rd position behind two other Malaysians. I was very delighted as I reached my goal and objective. However, things did not went so well for my Achilles tendon near the soleus. I strained that muscle after the race. There was a slight stiffness that became a strain.

The Pahang meet was good but they had many major delays and especially for my 200m finals. One Malaysian thought he qualified for the finals but he did not, but his name was printed out. And it took them quite awhile before they could settle it and by the time many of us have been sitting/standing for awhile. I also forgot to bring my vest and number tag so I ran in my warm up t-shirt and found a replacement number tag.

So the whole experience was interesting. And I hope to recover soon for the upcoming meets.

Muhd Nasir, 21-years-old

Pahang results: 100m (11.09s) and 4x100m (41.28s, meet record)

I expected to do a new PB in the 100m and at least a sub-40s in the 4×100 relays going to Pahang.

My performance in the 100m however was not that good. I did 11.09s in the heats, and missed out on the finals.

As for the relay we did 41.28s which was rather okay for me, because that’s the first time time I was given the opportunity to run with the team.

Izwan Firdaus, 24-years-old

Pahang results: DNS, injured

My objective to go Pahang was to set a new PB or at least another season best timing.

Well I didn’t start the race as I had some problems with my left hamstring.

It was a day before the heats of the 100m. So I made a decision to pull out of the race and not risking it.

Rahman Lim, 22-years-old

Pahang results: 100m (11.02s) and 4x100m (41.28s, meet record)

My objective going to Pahang was to better my individual timing. My best was 10.88s in 2009. Since then I have not come close to it. At Pahang i ran 11.02s in the heats. The race wasn’t how i planned it would be like.

I wasn’t aggressive during the 100m, at the blocks and the finishing. I definitely have room to improve on. I believe getting back to 10.8s form would come anytime soon.

I also went to Pahang to run the relay as well. We did 41.28s and broke the championship record and came in 1st at Termeloh stadium. But that was easy because we were not running against the top runners from Malaysia.

I would say that the baton passing was alright but I was expecting the team to run at least a 40.9s.

More to improve on as well, and the relay team too were not running with the top runners as they were unavailable due to exams or injuries, so its ok timing considering.

I’m sure the next meet the top runners will be put up, and I’m sure it’s going to be a better run.

Michelle Sng, 23-years-old

Pahang results: High jump (1.65m)

My target was 1.78m after a good start to the season in Negeri Sembilan with 1.74m. Pahang open was also a prep for Taiwan Open, where I hope to break the national record.

I jumped 1.65m in Pahang, roughly 5% off my 1.74m. It was definitely not a good performance for me and I was very disappointed with the results.

I am still set on getting the record in Taipei in 3 weeks time.

Amanda Choo, 22-years-old

Pahang results: 100m (12.13s for heats, 12.16s for finals)

I was hoping to at least equal or clock a PB as I had heard the track was a fast track. Then I caught a flu and was just hoping to clock decent timings that at least showed consistency.

I was second in the finals and clocked my 2nd and third fastest timing of the season 12.13s heats and 12.16s finals. On hindsight, I am pretty happy with the timings as it is within a decent range.

Guo Pei, 19-years-old

Pahang results: 400m (50.52s for heats, 51.18s for finals)

My expectation for this meet was to come close to hitting a low 50s or going for a sub 50s.

I only managed a 50.52s in the heats which would place me overall a 6th position for this Pahang Open. In the finals, coming in fifth position with a time of 51.18s.

I would say both my races were great, considering a strong field of sprinters who will give me the opportunity to push myself to go faster, attempting to finish either 1st in heats or close to a podium finish.

Melvin Tan (Coach to the below following athletes)

Honestly speaking, I did not expect too much from my athletes at the Pahang Open.

We are currently in week 8 of our Preparation Phase and there is certainly a long way to go before we hit the peak.

In general, I am quite pleased with all their individual performances as they had surpassed the targets we set.

These were their first respective races and they were obviously faster than what they did last year.

We should be moving into more specific trainings and quality competitions soon.

Kenneth Khoo, 28-years-old

Pahang results: 200m (22.40s)

Since I’m at the tail end of my loading phase, I knew I wasn’t going to run fantastic timings. However, I was secretly hopeful I could run a sub 22s or at least a low 22s.

My last race was more than a month or so ago and I thought Pahang would be a good opportunity to kickstart my racing season.

I competed in the 200m in Pahang. Although I managed to scrape through to the finals, I finished in a dismal timing of 22.4s. It was disappointing no doubt, but we all have bad days at the office.

Nevertheless, I’m glad for this wake up call and I’ll just have to work harder. It was also heartening to see Singaporeans running sub 22s with Calvin posting an awesome 21.8s performance!

Valerie Seema Pereira, 20-years-old

Pahang results: 200m (25.65s)

Since it was my first race of the year and first 200m race in a long time I really was just focusing on running a good race without thinking too much about the timing.

Just to see where I stand in the event now.

I ran 25.65s in the 200m.

It was an alright timing for me and I will be training hard to do better.

Gary Yeo, 24-years-old

Pahang results: 100m (10.80s)

I went to compete in the 100m and 200m in Pahang.

My target of 10.8s for 100m was achieved but I got injured in the 200m race.

Being the first race, I felt a bit rusty and did not start as well as I normally would and of course I had a injury nagging and in the 200m it came back again.

Lee Cheng Wei, 23-years-old

Pahang results: 100m (11.06s) and 200m (22.32s)

Pahang Open was my first meet after SEA Games.

My objective was to try to regain my race fitness. I competed in 100m (11.06s) and 200m (22.32s).

It was pretty disappointing for me and I just hope to regain my form soon.

Now that my exams are just over, I can fully focus on training.

Elfi Mustapa, 23-years-old

Pahang results: 100m (10.80s for heats, 10.73s for finals)

As it was my first race of the season – my last 100m race being Singapore Open last November – I set myself a target of 10.70s. I believed that it was a realistic goal, as my trainings went on quite well for the past month or so. More importantly for me was to start the season on the right track, and to stick to the race plans given by my coach.

I ran 10.80s in the heats in the morning. Unfortunately, it was delayed, and thus disrupted my pre-race warm ups. My start wasn’t what I wanted, I focused too much on relaxing myself for the first few meters, till a few guys got ahead of me. But I managed to get back into the race and finished 2nd in my heats. Not as what I’ve wanted but good enough for a place in the final.

The conditions for the final wasn’t any better. The afternoon sun was much hotter, but fortunately the race started on time. I went to the final looking to improve on certain things – my starts, my first 20 meters and also my 10.70s target.

The one-false-start-out-you-go-rule was already in place and it was the first time for me, and unluckily a false start occurred sending one Malaysian home.

The next start went smoothly, and although I managed to improve my starts and my first 20 meters, I was pipped to the line by Imran, a Malaysian sprinter.

I clocked 10.73s, losing by a mere 0.02s. I’m glad that my first race went well, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. I hope there will be many more races to come this season, because that’s the best way to learn and improve.

Credit: All Team Singapore athletes, and photos via Rahman Lim, Gio and Wings Athletics Club.


Posted by Uncle Sha.
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