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Post World Indoor Champ – Calvin Kang, “It was my personal best timing of 6.91 seconds”
  • March 23rd, 2010

The 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships was held recently from 12th to 14th March and we had a Singapore representative.

The Team Singapore delegate consist of sprinter Calvin Kang, and accompanied by SAA’s head coach Muhamad Hosni.

The indoor championship was held at the ASPIRE Dome in Doha, Qatar.

The 19-year-old competing in his second indoor race, clocked a new personal best in his heat.

He achieved 6.91 seconds in his race that features Trell Kimmons and Samuel Francis who ran in the 60m men’s final.

Hear what Calvin has to say about his race:

Tell us of your race

It was my personal best timing 6.91 seconds, the other time I ran was back in year 2008 in the Birmingham Indoor. I did 6.99 seconds there.

I can say that definitely I could have done better, as the entry was put in last minute and I did not have much time to prepare for the 60 indoor meet.

There should be other indoor competitions before the World Indoor Championships to have a better feel, well that’s my opinion.

The World Indoor Championships, is it a race leading up to anything big this year. Is this one of your major peak for 2010?

World Indoor Championships was a competition for exposure, as well as to give my best as they selected based on the fastest timing at the All-Comers for 100m to select for the World Indoor Championships.

World Indoor Championships is not one of the major meets for 2010 for me.

For this year, on the cards I would say would it would be the Asian Grand Prix, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, both individually as well as in the relays.

How was Doha?

This is my third time in Doha and it still feels good to be back there.

The hotel we stood at was great. The Ramada plaza hotel, is the most comfortable hotel I’ve ever stayed so far.

Weather was fine not too hot, surprisingly cool at times.

Any stories to share?

At breakfast table on my competition day, Samuel Francis, Qatar, Asian 100m record holder sat on my table.

I did not recognize him as he was not in his ‘running outfit’ and he was really friendly apart from what we see in his pictures his build and all that makes people wonder what he is like in real life, he is actually a very nice guy.

In my heat, there was Trel Kimmons, Samuel Francis who were in the finals of WIC.

How’s your training progress so far this year?

Now I am in the Army serving my National Service, but I was fortunate to be given time-off to train.

For the year 2010 it’s been slim pickings with not much distractions so far.

I’m hoping that this will be a good year in sprints for me.

Apart hearing from Calvin, we managed to grab hold of his personal coach, Alfred Sim of Reactiv Training Group.

The young coach was optimistic and upbeat of Calvin’s future endeavors in sprinting as he lay plans, more races and goals such as breaking the men’s 100m national record.

Calvin Kang’s coach Alfred Sim:

Alfred Sim

Calvin Kang is really a talent in sprints. I’m very lucky to have the chance to work with him. And because of him, I’m exposed to lots of different ideas from different countries. I’ve been hoping for him to break the national record, but with patience of course.

Calvin just came back from an injury that he got it during his BMT training, he had a bad strain on the ligament and tendon on the right knee, causing him lots of problems in terms of flexibility and strength.

It was a psychological barrier for him to even run fast. We saw that he lost in the 200m to the ACS boy Ng Chin Hui during the recent All-Comers, and also did 11s for his 100m. His morale was very low then.

I’ve planned from last year to let him compete in the indoors, but Asian Indoors. Because I know that he is very strong in his first 60m. This will hopefully up his morale and hopefully help him to overcome his knee problem.

However SAA did not send a team to the Asian indoors, and I thought he won’t have the chance to race. Until Coach Hosni told me that he will propose to let Calvin run in the World Indoors. I was actually expecting 6.80+-, but I wasn’t with him over at Doha, so I can’t tell you much.

This year’s training plan is much more structured than last year, and currently we are working towards more speed base training. Some of the coaches might not agree with me, but I strongly believe in strength and power. This is one area that we’ll be working on this year.

Calvin in the video above at the recent Swift meet. He’s in Lane 5, in red blazer.

The weekend that just passed, it was the Swift meet. Calvin did a reasonably good time, 10.86s in the heats and 10.83s in the finals. In less than a month, he shaved off 0.18s off his previous time of 11.01s.

I just hope that this year will be a very good base year for him to prepare for next year’s SEA Games.

I’ll complete the article with a few comments by SAA head coach, Muhamad Hosni, who was kind enough to give his opinion on Calvin’s race, being that he was there in Doha.

Hosni you might remember was our speed demon back in the 80’s and 90’s ‘terrorizing’ the sprint scene, now turned to coaching.

SAA head coach, Muhamad Hosni:

What do you think of Calvin’s 60m race?

Calvin did well even though it’s early season for him. He is composed before & during the race. It shows his maturity in the International level.

In his race, he starts off well but was not strong enough at the first 20-30m. That’s where his competitors got ahead of him.

On the 2nd phase of the race he manage to hold on & control his race till finish.

What do you think Calvin need to improve on.

Calvin is a well developed young athlete. He will need to put on strength at the 1st phase of his race.

He needs to be powerful enough to get ahead or stay abreast with his competitors.

In short, he have the speed but the strength need much improvement. Then only he’ll be a complete sprinter.

Article and Photo Credit: Thank you Calvin, Alfred and Hosni. Shalindran for video feed


Posted by Uncle Sha.
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