Wings Cross Country 2017

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by Manjit Singh (Coach Jit)


A bright outing at the Wings Cross Country turn into a disappointing day for one of our poster girls of JS Athletics. Indira Patel was undoubtedly in assailable lead in the under 17 category when she was disqualified for having a wrong turn. Well as the say, we in JS fashion will move on. The irony was that the stewards claim Indira made a wrong turn, the fact should be the leading steward on the bicycle should have follow the leader of the pack rather then the pack and after which they claim they will try to improve the marshalling process “Next Year.”

Disappoint aside, we had a very reasonable outing and in the Under 14 category, the runner up position when to Mia Hopkins in a time of 16.12 (4.6km). She seems to surprise us who’s just turning 13 but her industrious nature shows her character just in a 2nd race. Our another cute 13 years old workhorse Katia was never placed even though she was in the leading pack in the first 3km, she suffered a recurring calf injury and still manage to walk back to the finish line. Knowing her never to give an excuse she told Coach Jack, don’t worry it is a hiccup and will bounce back stronger.

In the Under 14 Boys section, the ever improving Ori Sade come in 10th position in a time of 14.25. He never fail to impress his detractors, he keeps working at his fitness unrelentingly. Even his basketball coach gives kudos to his resilient character and says “Everyday is an improvement with Ori.”

Next coming to our big boys, Valentin came in 29th position, the multi-talented sportsman who is aspiring to be a triathlete is also a mean hockey player. His punishing regime in sports is an example to many youngsters who are keen to embark in the field of sports. Last but not least, our own Jason who’s maturing and is helping as an assistant coach did remarkably well in the under 20 section by coming in 12th with a time of 17.14. He’s a quiet worker who’s juggling with school, training and working.

Mishaps do happen and only the people with strong mental attitude come out strong. All in all it was a decent showing filled with excitement and despair which is inevitable.

2017 Competition / Races Dates

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by JS Admin

  • 4th Feb’17 – SA Cross Country, Bedok Reservoir @7.30am
  • 11th Feb’17 – Swift Cross Country, Bedok Reservoir @2pm
  • 11th & 12th Feb’17 – SA Series 2, Home of Athletics
  • 18th Feb’17 – Wings Cross Country, Bedok Reservoir @9am
  • 25th Feb’17 – SA Series 3, Home of Athletics
  • 4th Mar’17 – JS Athletics Time-Trial, CCAB @2pm
  • 4th & 5th Mar’17 – Singapore Youth & Junior Athletics C’ship
  • 11th Mar’17 – Venus Run, Bedok Reservoir
  • 11th & 12th Mar’17 – Swift Track & Field C’ship (Bt Gombak)
  • 22nd Mar’17 – National Inter School Cross Country C’ship
  • 25th & 26th Mar’17 – SPH Relays
  • 29th Mar – 10th Apr’17 – National Primary Inter School C’ship
  • 12th – 28th Apr’17 – National Inter School C’ship
  • 27th & 28th Apr’17 – Singapore Open T & F C’ship
  • 6th May’17 – SA Series 4
  • 2nd Sep’17 – JS Athletics Time-Trial, CCAB @2pm
  • 28th & 29th Oct’17 – SA Inter Club C’ship
  • 3rd Dec’17 – Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Akira Swift Cross Country 2017

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by Jonathan G. L. Santos (Coach Jat)


At the windy and bustling Bedok Reservoir, all gathered for the Akira Swift Cross Country were in anticipation and with a enthusiastic buzz.

After much preparation, the 1st race flag-off was the U13 Boys, Filip Janousek outdid himself by clinching 3rd position but could have done better if not for his courteous nature of letting the whole field go and playing catch-up. It was followed immediately by the U11 & U12 which started at the same time and it was interesting to note that as our athletes were box-in and struggling to punch out of the pack. Nevertheless as the true sportsmanship cultivated in “JS Athletics” stop whining and keep going, Chua Shao Wen came in 7th followed by Joshua Tan in 10th place in the U11 Boys category. In the girls section, Ramaa Rangnekar, the lanky and budding hockey player came in 5th place and cementing her bright future in both sports while K.S. Lakshayaa came in 12th position after a hectic dance performance and rushing from the eastern part of Singapore.

As the action was coming thick and fast, came the U12 Boys whereby the ever impressive Niraj Singh came in 6th and followed soon by our suave and budding multi-talented sportsman James Chin who came in 8th position. Both were new to Cross Country but showed excellence resilience as they started at the back of the pack and were always doing catch-up.

In the Kids Dash 500m event, the towering Dylan Hughes romped home with gold and followed by his buddy Justin Seyffert in 2nd, as they say “they might be the best mates but in competition rivalry prevails.” To complete the event ever improving Tristan Ng came in 7th position. In the girls category muscle girl, Lucie Janouskova came in 1st followed by her best friend, Mia Heerdt in 2nd position. In both races the result were altered after protest as the organisers got mix-up the athletes positioning, eventually it came good.

Kudos to our young lions, John Tan and Meera Rangnekar who both emerged champion in the U9 Boys & Girls Dash, both ran their hearts out in dramatic fashions.

Ori Sade, improves as the race comes and came home with another PB by slashing almost a minute and finishing 2nd position and followed by Arav Cabral who had a bad day at the office as he was vomiting but still managed to complete the race.

In the U17 Girls, as usual Indira Patel did not surprised anyone by clinching 1st place. She dominated the race from the start to the end, follow by Mia Hopkins who at 13 is showing loads of promises came in 4th position and Caylee Chua in 5th position. The “icing of the cake” was the U17 Girls team, were crown Champion and the team members are as follows Indira Patel (age 15), Mia Hopkins (age 13), Caylee Chua (age 16), Katia M. Littau (age 13) and Ullekha Murali (age 17). Aspiring coach wannabe, Jayson Chua came in 4th in the U17 Boys category.

It was happy and memorable outing for JS Athletics, who are still in the midst of season training. It augurs well for all those involved from parents, coaches, athletes and stakeholders.

Keep yourself rooted to the ground and work hard and impossible missions become possible.

2017 SA Series 2 Performance by our athletes

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by Chew Jee Keng (Coach JK)

Series 2, conducted on 11th and 12th Feb’17 at Home of Athletics, Kallang Practice Track.
Another fine showing by our Sprinters with their first track performance.

Shiv Ahuja
100m U15 boys 12.02 Position 1
200m U15 boys 25:54 position 2
Excellence performance by Shiv Ahuja! He clocked the fastest time in U15 boys 100m. In the U15 boys 200m race, he ran the fastest in his heats group, with a large gap between the other athletes. He could have clocked a faster time if he was placed in the faster heats group. Shiv is excited about the series 3 as he will be attempting to break the 12s barrier for 100m.

Leah D’souza
100m u18 14:40 Pos 28
200m U18 women Pos 19 29:65
Long jump u18 women Pos 8 4.55m
Racing in series 2 was a good experience for Leah. In the Long Jump event, Leah jumped well to cross the qualification mark and came in 8th position. The sprints events allowed her to understand her current fitness. She acknowledged that she needs to improve on her endurance. She is determined to work harder to see an improvement in her run time for 100m and 200m for series 3.

Louisa Chew
100m u18 14:31 Position 29
200m U18 29:91s Position 24
Despite not training for a long period due to her commitment in dance practice, Louisa ran a decent 100m timing. She started the 200m race with some abdominal discomfort, she only managed to cruise through the entire race. Louisa displayed her natural talent in sprinting, with adequate training she is capable to achieve better results.

Nathanael Kusanda
200m U18 Boys 25:39 position 17
Nathanael started out strong and maintained his composure well during the entire race. Nathanael was first in his heats group. He could have clocked a faster time if he was placed in the faster heats group.

66th SA X-Country C’ship 2017

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by Manjit Singh (Coach Jit)

As we ascended at Bedok Reservoir on a sleepy saturday morning at 6.30am to prepare for the Singapore Athletics (SA) Cross Country run, the least we expected was a good showing from JS Athletics runners as many were coming back from holidays and there were some who was recuperating from injuries suffered while participating in other sports. But as the adage goes “The show must go on” and true to the “Fine Blue colours of JS Athletics” we did remarkably well with still couple of absentees due to holidays.

The first race to be flag off was the Under 15 and Under 18 Girls, as the race started, the effervescent Indira Patel flew off as there was no turning back. From start to finish, she was the lone runner who was fighting the clock and came home romping in a remarkable time of 18.38.3s (she recorded the fastest time across all women and girls age group categories) even though she started training seriously a week ago after recovering from hip injury. It is frightening to know as well encouraging cause, what’s next in stored for the “gazelle” if she keeps her health in prim condition. Soon to follow in the race was Ullekha Murali, who had to train intermittently due to studies constraints and still completed the race in 26.23s.

In the Under 15 Girls Category, Katia M. Littau, who came in 7th in her very first race with a time of 23.49. The never say die attitude of this petite girl is simply remarkable considering the amount of niggling injuries she is carrying.

In the boys section, the hardworking Ori Sade romp home in a new PB of 19.39s and was delighted to slash more than a minute off his previous time and was rewarded with 7th placing in the Under 15 Category. He was followed by Arav Cabral who ran an amazing race with only attending a couple of training sessions and further followed by K. S. Gautam to complete our Under 15 contingent. Valentin Wersch ran the Under 18 Boys in 19.03s to complete the boys division.

So early in the season and as usual JS Athletics athletes are showing promises and are gearing in good condition for the upcoming races.

Good Luck to our athletes in the coming races!

My first race of the season @ SA X-Country C’ship 2017

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by Indira Patel

I love running, JS athletics is the highlight of my week. I enjoy training sessions and socialising with all my teammates. The coaches are amazing athletes and coaches, and I would not be able to achieve anything without them. I am very grateful for all their support.

The lead up to the race was a slippery slope for me after I had stop training for four weeks due to a hip injury. As most runners who have suffered from an injury knows, it’s a very nerve racking time. Fortunately, I recovered just before the race and managed a week of training.

Race day, came so fast, I was nervous. I always get super nervous before a race. The night before I make sure I get a good sleep and eat plenty of nutritious food and do my best not to worry. Normally I read a good book to help me relax. I woke up early and make sure I got to Bedok in good time. I like to be early and felt much better after I started my usual warm up and especially when I saw my teammates, Ullekha and Katia. It’s always good to have friends around you.

The officials called us and together we lined up. There is nothing better than having a team, the feeling of “togetherness” is so strong and it’s something I love about sport. We had to wait at the start line for what felt like centuries but I tried to keep my focus and think about the race ahead. Bang! the gun goes and we are off, pounding legs, heavy breathing and cheering are the only sounds could be heard. My legs immediately felt tight and stiff but I quickly found my pace and was able to be in full control throughout the race. Before I knew it, I was on the last kilometre approaching the finish where lots of supporters cheered me on including coach Jack and fellow teammate Jayson, who woke up at 5am and came out to support us all – that is the true spirit of JS. Finally, I crossed the line. The support is amazing and it creates an atmosphere that I just love.

I felt so relieved as I crossed the line, I had done it despite the tough competition and the worry about my hip. Not only had I done it but my team also ran very well. Katia was placed in 7th position in her first JS colours in the U15 Girls category and Ullekha did superbly, especially as she just came back to training after a break for exams.

The boys also ran well especially, Ori, who was placed in 7th position in the U15 Boys category, Gautam did well despite him having his school cross country a day earlier. In the U18 Boys category, Valentin ran well too but at the end of the day everything comes back to the great coaching we receive.

Indira was the winner in the Girls U18 category with a time of 18:38.3, she recorded the fastest time across all women and girls age group categories. She was also the winner of all last year Cross Country races in U15 categories. Click link, of her achievements including last year races, http://js-athletics.com/about-us/athletes/

Archive

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by Jacter Singh (Jack)

All time – Singapore Best Time

All time best time of athletes (names & age) time/distance/height recorded in local meets and overseas. Coach Jack best time recorded and as the youngest athlete in the 5000m and 10000m events.
(Click link to see all events best times)

Singapore Records

Coach Jack 5000m & 10000m, age group records still unbroken.
(Click link to see all Age Groups Singapore Records)

SEA Games

Coach Lydia SEA Games 100m record still unbroken.
(Click link to see Men’s & Women’s Records)


All the above Informations are available at Singapore Athletics website, www.singaporeathletics.org.sg

Records and Time of achievements speak louder than words and not as false claim by certain individuals!


Sprint Queen

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by Manjit Singh (Coach Jit)

Wonder girl – Finally settling as doyenne to masses for her athletics abilities in sprints and jumps.

Lydia De Vega was Asia fastest women for 8 years (1982 – 1990) and current SEA Games 100m (11.28) Record Holder since 1987.

Lydia was so popular in Philippines that in 1983 – a movie (Medalyang Ginto – Gold Medal) was shown across Philippines Theaters, base on her true life story and her  achievements and then in 2004 – another 2 part series (Magpakailanman – Forever) was shown in Philippines (Channel 7) on her lifetime achievements.

Currently, Lydia is coaching Raffles Girls Secondary School, German European School (Singapore), Chongfu Primary School, MOE-JSA (Junior Sports Academy) and JSA Private Coaching students. Lydia is the only person, who have won 100m, 200m, 400m & Long Jump in the SEA Games and even set SEA Games record in the Long Jump in 1987 and had garner 20 SEA Games medals in Track & Field, 9 Asian Track & Field Championship medals and 3 Asian Games medals.

Lydia is a vastly experience coach and has the pedigree of competing, even after laying off for 2 years from track, the indomitable spirit of hers roared back stronger in 1987 SEA Games and dominated the track  with a new record in the 100m and Long Jump and 200m sprint gold followed suit. Her SEA Games 100m record of 30 years will be a force to be recon and it has remained unbroken since then and being her usual self she proclaim that “records are mend to be broken some day”.

As the effervescent Lydia always subscribe the notion to her athletes, that there’s no short cut in training, discipline, commitment and the fighting spirit is the anecdote for success. To be a good sprinter, one must also do speed endurance, endurance, have a proper foundation and training emphasis should be doable.

Lydia is still looking forward towards this challenge of moulding young Singapore athletes to greater heights and hoping to see more of them donning national colours.

Lydia’s Achievements, breakdown of her Medals and awards:-

  • 1984 & 1988 Olympic Games (Quarter finalist in both Games)
  • Current SEA Games record holder in 100m (11.28secs) since 1987
  • Former SEA Games record holder in 200m (23.37secs) from 1987 – 2001
  • Former SEA Games record holder in Long Jump (6.27m) from 1987 – 1989
  • 2 gold, 1 silver medals in 2 Asian Games
  • 9 gold, 9 silver & 2 bronze medals in 5 SEA Games
  • 4 gold, 1 silver & 4 bronze medals in 5 Asian Track & Field meet
  • 9 gold, 2 silver medals in 5 Asean Cup
  • 9 gold in 3 Asean Schools Track & Field meet

MEDALS BREAKDOWN FROM 2 ASIAN GAMES

  • In 1982, 100m (11.76) – 1st
  • In 1986, 100m (11.53) – 1st, 200m (23.47) – 2nd

MEDALS BREAKDOWN FROM 5 SEA GAMES

  • In 1981, 200m (23.54) – 1st, 400m (54.75) – 1st, 4 x 100m – 2nd, 4 x 400m – 2nd
  • In 1983, 100m (11.78) – 2nd, 200m (24.26) – 1st, 4 x 400m – 2nd
  • In 1987, 100m (11.28) – 1st, 200m (23.57) – 1st, Long Jump (6.27) – 1st, 4 x 100m – 2nd, 4 x 400m – 2nd
  • In 1991, 100m (11.44) – 1st, 200m (23.95) – 2nd, 4 x 100m – 2nd, 4 x 400m – 3rd
  • In 1993, 100m (11.60) – 1st, 200m (23.37) – 1st, 4 x 100m – 2nd, 4 x 400m – 3rd

MEDALS BREAKDOWN FROM 5 ASIAN TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

  • In 1981, 200m (24.54) – 3rd, 400m (55.39) – 2nd
  • In 1983, 100m – (11.82) – 1st, 200m (24.07) – 1st, 4 x 400m – 2nd
  • In 1985, 100m (11.96) – 3rd, 400m (55.66) – 3rd
  • In 1987, 100m (11.43) – 1st, 200m (23.38) – 1st
  • In 1991, 100m (11.71) – 3rd

Awards
Philippines Sports Writers Association (PSA)

  • 1981 – Athlete of the Year
  • 1986 – Athlete of the Year
  • 1987 – Athlete of the Year
  • 1992 – Major Award
  • 1993 – Major Award
  • 1994 – Special Award
  • 1998 – Athlete of the Century
  • 1999 – Millennium Athlete
  • 1993 – Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) – Sports Category
  • 1983 – International Invitation Track & Field Competition, Bangkok – Best Female Athlete
  • 1986 Southern Coast Conference, USA – Athlete of the Year

If you would like to know how the Sprint Queen of Asia was born, go to PRESS to read her clippings…… for your leisure.

Distance Running in Singapore

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by Jacter Singh (Jack)

Training for Distance running and clocking good times in Singapore is possible but if you know how!

One don’t need to train for 3 hours a day nor are required to cover 100km mileage a week or train in the dark like some coaches, thinking they have the secret formula in training programme but until now I don’t see athletes achieving or clocking good time in races.

As a teenager, my bastion for training was the MacRitchie Reservoir trails and the humble grounds of Queenstown Stadium before officially qualifying for the 1979 Sea Games.

In 1979, two weeks after a formal training of only 2 weeks under a coach (Mr. Maurice Nicholas, current AAA Secretary), I did 32.50.2 in the 10000m race, which I run barefooted on the bitumen track at the old Farrer Park Stadium. Being the first race for me, the race plan was given by our coach to my team mates and myself. My team were basically made of senior runners and national runners and one of them was M. Kumaravelu (1977 SEA Games bronze medalist in the marathon).

As the race was progressing and into 8th lap, I felt the pace was too slow even being just a novice runner and as a 17 years old lad who have never run a 10000m track race before. On 2 occasions in the race, I tried over taking my team mates, but was angrily told to stay at the back and follow but by the tenth lap and still in the chasing pack, I just overtook my group and started chasing the 2nd runner and into the next 2 laps, I started closing the gap on the leader.

I remember with 4 laps to go, I was running against the time and with no one to chase but along the way I had overtaken majority of the field by a lap or two, supporters and team mates were rooting for me and astonishingly rival club supporters started frantically reminding the leader that I was closing in furiously from the back.

Crossing the finish line was really a relief for me, since running barefooted on the bitumen track and under the blistering sun, both of my feet was full of unsighted blisters and yet I managed to clock 32.50.2 in my very first senior race and I have battered the SEA Games qualifying time by 9s to spare.

History was written, I was label the “Flying Sikh” amongst some of the monikers given by the media and I seriously wanted to garner for more glory.

After this historic run, SAAA (now known as SA – Singapore Athletics), did not recognised my time as it was too early of the season and not one of the SEA Games official qualifying meet.

Sadden with the news but it did not deter me from qualifying again as I was positive of posting a even better time.

Determination and training smart, couple of months later, and running barefooted again in the old Singapore National Stadium, I was able to clock 32.37.9 and qualify for my very first SEA Games with a handsome 21s to spare.

Even though, I didn’t win in the SEA Games with my very first appearance, I was contended with my sixth placed but I knew, what was my shortcoming and started training smarter and harder. Eventually it took me to participate in 3 SEA Games before I garner a medal at the age of 22. Secondly, if only my pet event (5000m) was held before the 10000m in the 1983 SEA Games (Singapore), many believe just like me that I could have easily clocked a stunning good time which hardly could have been broken by now. But locally, I was already on everyone’s lip as I kept winning local races after races, be it track races (800m to 10000m), cross country or road relay and I kept going on for 7 years without a single defeat but along the way, I knew that I wasn’t training hard enough because we weren’t getting any support and training after work the pain seeking routine where certain mileage had to be covered.

My only regret, that I hang up my spikes at a very young age of 24 years old but on the other hand, I think I did reasonably well because I set national records on our home soil in a humid climate while other Singapore athletes who have done better times than me, had done in foreign countries which is much easier to run mid/long distance in thin air and cooler weather.

One needs to have proper understanding of a training programme and then applying it, with the know how and whether it is feasible to do it and also whether 2 session training is doable. During our era it was different from now, with so much support these days but yet the athletes are not able to achieve any reasonable good time. To me, some coaches should shoulder the blame, who are merely relying on internet and books for the training programme for their athletes, some coaches even giving colourful training programme meant for Olympic runners when they themselves have never commanded a good time in their hey days. Some even make the athletes train in the darkness, thinking that others will follow their secret training plan.

So look for a coach who can motivate you, give you a proper training programme but firstly ensure the coach themselves have ran a official races from 400m to 10000m, in order to understand the athletes better rather than giving colourful training programme which the coach himself/herself have never done before. At times, training must be enjoyed by the athletes rather than giving stereo type or Olympic training programmes to athletes and with that, still their athletes are unable to perform at local and regional meets.

As I grew older with unfinished goals on track, I jokingly use to tell close confidantes that in my next life I would love to be an athlete again as I genuinely miss all the training sessions.


My Achievements –

  • Former Men’s National 5000m Record Holder for 12 years (1983-1995)
  • Current 10,000m (32.37.9) National Under 20 Record Holder since 1979, set at the age of 17 years old
  • Current 5000m (15.06.5) National Under 23 Record Holder since 1983
  • 1983 SEA Games medalist in 10,000m
  • Won numerous International meets
  • Unbeaten in Singapore in Road Races, Cross Country, Track Races from 800m to 10,000m for 7 years

If you would like to know more about my achievements, glory days, go to PRESS to read the clippings……for your leisure.