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Wings sweeps titles at Swift Open

Posted 7th June 2009

By Mark Tan

Despite being less than a decade old, Wings AC outshined their more illustrious counterparts and host, Swift Athletic Club.

This 2-day track and field meet organized by Swift was targeted at primary school children with age-group categories from under-10s to the under-13s.

However, there were selected Open categories as well, and everyone knows that the blue ribbon event for athletics is and always will be the century sprint.

A total of nine heats were a clear indication of how popular the event will always be.

With the qualifying for the finals to be decided by the top eight timings in the heats, it is tricky if an athlete is drawn into a weaker heat, requiring him/her to go out fast enough to qualify but keeping the best for later.

Nevertheless, Wings AC dominated the finals with 5 representatives, Gary Yeo the slowest qualifier at 11.12s, Lance Tan, Lee Cheng Wei, Muhd Elfi and U.K. Shyam (100m National Record holder) the fastest at 10.88s.

100m men Open photo finish
100m men Open photo finish

Although Shameer Ayub; one of the quartet who set a new national record in the 4×100m at the SEA games in Thailand, qualified for the finals, but he did not show up.

No reasons were given. Nevertheless, the Wings camp was ready to put up a good show, and they did not disappoint.

400m men's Open Top 3
400m men's Open Top 3

Cheng Wei, Elfi, Shyam and Gary swept the top 4 spots respectively.

Quarter miler Lance who was a surprise finalist, finished a credible sixth.

However, he had earlier competed in the 400m timed finals where he came in second, behind his club mate Kenneth Khoo, who ran 48.8s.

Wing's Asmah Hanim
Wing's Asmah Hanim

Wings Athletic Club had a sole representative for the 100m Women’s Open.

The rose among the thorns, Asmah Hanim, came in 3rd for the women’s 100m Open category with a strong timing of under 12.7s.

Scott Wong and Lee Yue Jer also brought pride to Wings in the field category, coming in first in the Discus and Javelin Men’s Open respectively.

4x100m men's Open Top 3 teams
4x100m men's Open Top 3 teams

Although drawn into lane 1, which has its disadvantages in sprint events due to its tight curves, Wings AC had their icing on the cake by coming in first in the 4×100m Men’s Open, ahead of Swift and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

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