Story and pictures by Iman Hashim / Red Sports
Kallang practice course, Saturday, March 26, 2022 – Two teams went for 42 seconds in the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic (IVP) men’s 4 times 100 meter relay as Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Calvin Quek, Praharsh Ryan, Muhammad Zulkhair and Xander Ho beat the title holders National University of Singapore (NUS) with 0.09s to take the gold at 41.67s.
NUS Quartet Elgene Chng, Syazani Wahid, Ivan Abisha and Sing Hui stopped at 41.76s to settle for silver while Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) Irfan Ikhlash, Ryan Raphael, Prithikvel Ramas and Ian Gan finished third in 44.15s .
“We knew that NUS were the favorites to win the relay, but we were determined to take the gold, especially after two of our runners placed in the 100 m top three,” says NTU’s third runner Zulkhair.
– We knew it would be a very close fight.
Added second runner Praharsh, who took bronze in the individual 100m and placed fourth in the 400m: “I think both teams fought really hard and together we lined up for everyone until the end of the race.”
NTU’s gold winning time was only two hundredths of a second outside the 41.65s IVP meet record, which was set in 2010 by the then NUS team of Amirudin Jamal, Elfi Mustapa, Abdul Hakeem and Lance Tan.
It was also NTU’s first win in the event since 2018.
“I was shocked (by the timing) because we were just about to win,” said NTU’s anchor Xander, who was the fastest man in the meeting over 100 m and also won a silver in the 200 m.
“I was honestly surprised by the performance the team put up, but I was as good as we missed (the hit record) by 0.02s.”
With the help of Calvin’s fast diversion distance, Praharsh and Zulkhair kept their competitions out before Xander drove a strong anchor and dipped ahead of training partner Sing Hui to win the gold.
“We train together so when we went into the race there was no particularly intense rivalry,” Xander said of the NUS anchor runners. “But we were ready to do anything to win it for our schools that day.”
Despite the results of the race, Sing Hui was gracious in the defeat and credited the NTU team’s performance.
“I think our team (NUS) gave it our best shot,” Sing Hui said. “We were disappointed not to win, but NTU was a fantastic team and deserved the win.”
“Xander is not only a good training partner on the track, but also a good friend off it. My hope is that we will both continue to push each other forward,” added Sing Hui, who along with Xander is on his way to Hanoi Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in May as part of the national 4x100m relay squad.
Another athlete on his way to Hanoi, NTU’s Calvin, emerged as the competition’s most decorated athlete with five golds – with a treble of 400 m hurdles, 400 m and 4×400 m relay victories within six hours the next day to increase his winnings to 200 m and 4x100m relay.
In what was his last IVP, the recently beaten national record holder in the 400m hurdles (51.73s) comfortably took the victory in his pet event with a time of 57.00s.
He then burned himself through another lap on the flat 400 m and clocked 49.86 s to win over the NUS duo Oliver Lim (51.74 s) and Caleb Clayton (52.61 s) who took silver and bronze in his first IVP respectively.
To top off the day, Calvin played an unofficial split of 47.9 s to anchor NTU to 4x400m relay gold in 3: 24.62, against NUS’s 3: 26.32 and Republic Polytechnic (RP) 3: 41.47.
The result ended in a double relay gold and ensured that NTU swept all men’s sprint titles at the meet, with the exception of the 110 m hurdles which was won by NUS’s national record holder for 23 years Chong Wei Guan.
After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the IVP Championships returned with all track competitions competed in a timed final format and with the absence of spectators inside the arena. To further ensure safe management measures, there was a limit of five athletes or relay teams competing in each time-limited final.
Polytechnic-Institute of Technical Education (POL-ITE) institutions also had separate overall positions and positions for each event, with medals separate. For example, the NP team received a POL-ITE gold for the men’s 4×100 m relay on top of the IVP bronze.
The IVP meeting record was set in the men’s discus (46.99 m, Eric Yee from NUS), as well as in the women’s 5,000 m and 3,000 m steeplechase, where NUS’s Vanessa Lee lowered her own championship mark to 18: 25.93 in the former and set a new record of 12: 02.55 in the latter – both within six hours of each other in the hot weather.
These results helped NUS to beat NTU by just four points to top the overall IVP women’s team position, while NUS also retained the men’s championship with 200 points to NTU’s 181.5.
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) small team of athletes finished praiseworthy third in both men’s and women’s standings, with Melissa Yee in the lead (shot put and discus gold), Roxanne Enriquez (400m gold, 100m and 200m bronze), Wisely Tan (5000m gold, 10000m silver), Shawn Chia (800m gold, 1500m bronze), Caleb Hoe (bullet silver, discus bronze, javelin 5th), Terence Tang (110m hurdles silver, long jump 4th) and Jarryl Chong (long jump silver).
IVP Athletics Championships 2022 – selected results
Men & # 39; s 4×100 m Relay
1st Nanyang Technological University – 41.67 seconds
2nd National University of Singapore – 41.76
3rd Ngee Ann Polytechnic – 44.15
4th Temasek Polytechnic – 46.04
5th Nanyang Polytechnic – 46.72
6th Polytechnic of Singapore – 46.91
7th Singapore Management University – 47.51
8th Singapore Institute of Management – 47.62
Ladies & # 39; 4×100 m Relay
1st National University of Singapore – 51.07 seconds
2nd Republic Polytechnic – 51.34
3rd Temasek Polytechnic – 53.17
4th Nanyang Technological University – 53.21
5th Singapore University of Social Sciences – 53.32
6th Nanyang Polytechnic – 53.54
7th Singapore Management University – 54.71
8th Ngee Ann Polytechnic – 56.28
Men & # 39; s 4×400 m Relay
1st Nanyang Technological University – 3 minutes 24.62 seconds
2nd National University of Singapore – 3: 26.32
3rd Republic Vocational College – 3: 41.47
4th Temasek Polytechnic – 3: 43.72
5th Nanyang Polytechnic – 3: 44.25
6th Polytechnic of Singapore – 3: 46.59
7th Singapore Institute of Technology – 3: 47.17
8th Singapore Management University – 3: 53.14
Ladies & # 39; 4×400 m Relay
1st Republic Polytechnic – 4 minutes 13.68 seconds
2nd Nanyang Technological University – 4: 19.50
3rd National University of Singapore – 4: 25.43
4th Temasek Polytechnic – 4: 35.47
5th Ngee Ann Polytechnic – 4: 36.76
6th Singapore Management University – 4: 44.38
7th Singapore University of Social Sciences – 4: 53.20
8th Nanyang Polytechnic – 5: 06.02
Discus for men
1st Eric Yee (# 87, NUS) – 46.99 meters (New CR)
2nd Jonathan Low (# 90, NUS) – 40.70
3rd Caleb Hoe (# 151, SIT) – 30.37
3000 m hurdles for ladies
1st Vanessa Lee (# 130, NUS) – 12 minutes 2.55 seconds (New CR)
2nd Clarice Lau (# 129, NUS) – 12: 39.84
3rd Cheryl Chng (# 201, NTU) – 14: 43.45
Ladies & # 39; 5000 m
1st Vanessa Lee (# 130, NUS) – 18 minutes 25.93 seconds (New CR)
2nd Toh Ting Xuan (# 134, NUS) – 19: 14.79
3rd Sarah Goh (# 15, NP) – 20: 28.34
Complete results from the meeting can be found here link.
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