Over the past month, our athletes from Hwa Chong have fought hard over the 19 sessions of the annual National Track and Field championship. The A division Boys and Girls team have done the school proud, both emerging as 1st runners up. Let’s look back and relive some of the actions during the various events of the Track and Field Finals 2016.
As our athletes march into the National Stadium, all pumped up for the battle ahead, another contingent followed closely behind. They are the 华中子弟. Close to 3000 students from the entire sec 1 to J1 cohort and all their teachers are there, ready to support our track and field team. Our alumni may reminisce about the 90s, where the school attempts to shake the stadium floor (then Kallang Stadium) with the classic “Rock You” cheer. It has been years since our school last gathered as one at the National Stadium, but the Hwa Chong Spirit endures and we were back in force. We were described to be “raising the roof” by the Straits Times, and we certainly did sent tremors through the audience stand. The school cheered, cried and shouted with all our might, hoping that these could give our athletes an extra boost in the various events described below.
In the A div high jump, Ong Sim Hao (HCI), cleared 2.03m to claim the gold medal. Despite facing a late scare of only clearing the 1.99m bar on his last attempt, he quickly caught the rhythm and put pressure on the RI counterpart. Sim Hao cleared 2.01m on his very first attempt and went on clearing 2.03m to seal his victory over Bryan Wong, previous B Div Champion and record holder from RI. The delight is further compounded with his teammates David Chung joining him in 3rd and Thung You Xuan, first time A div participant, coming in 7th. Our Hwa Chong high jumpers have performed exceedingly well, yet again proving our strength in this event.
In the middle distance track event, our Hwa Chong athletes demonstrated strict discipline, adhering to the tactics in the first few laps before bursting forth with fierce determination. Buoyed by the cheers from the crowds, we achieved commendable results. Dilys Hor came in 3rd runners up, while Claudia Sng came in 10th, both achieving timings below 2 min 45 sec in the 800m girls event. In the 1500m A Boys event, Hu Huaxin and Shamus Lim dashed through the last 100m and their efforts paid off. Emerging as 2nd and 3rd respectively, both were absolutely jubilant! Their teammate Dylan Tan came in 8th, of all 15 competitors, in the same event.
Now to the sprint events, where all the actions are fast and furious. In the A boys 100m, our athlete unfortunately suffered from muscle cramp during the race. But he persevered on to the finishing line, clinching 1 point for Hwa Chong in the divisional title tally. In the 4x100m relay race, our A boys and A girls took on other sporting powerhouses and came in 4th and 2nd respectively. In the 4x400m relay, our boys team demonstrated strong resilience to catch up from behind, and claimed the 2nd runners up position. The 4x400m girls team positioned themselves amongst the lead pack throughout the race, before the last runner fires off, reaching the finishing line first with a comfortable margin.
Good job Hwa Chong Track and Field! It was indeed an inspiring performance, fully demonstrating the spirit of 自强不息. We would like to express our heartfelt congratulations to the team once again. Your unwavering dedication and perseverance is commendable and deeply appreciated.