|Jeffrey Ng, one of my favourite athlete from Hwa Chong Institution, the never bragging athlete|
There is a name and record that is worthy of being mentioned by me in the coming National Schools' Championships 2016, and it is Jeffrey Ng and his 3000m 9min 21sec record, set in year 2003.
As a school athlete, he was faster than any athlete of his era, that was why his record has stayed for a very long period. Even Karthik, from former SJI, the under 14, under 17, under 20 champion of three different years in running events, was going for the 3000m record and ended 5 second away, in the end, from the record.
As an athlete, Jeffrey was not arrogant and was a quiet achiever. He did not once boast about his many victories, personal best in 3000m steeplechase was 10m 13sec. If he had continued running, Jeffrey may have broken several National long distance records. The humblest runner that I have ever come across in running was Jeffrey, a former Hwa Chong Institution athlete.
Hussein, Pasir Ris Secondary athlete, this year's winner for National Schools Cross Country 2016 race, wants to break the record. Will he break in this years 3000m heats tomorrow is a mystery. Hussein is adamant about breaking. Armand (last year's 3000m under 14 champion and Ruben Loganathan will also be running. Brian Ye and Darren Tan will also be also running and they are one of the top runners in the race.
As this 3000m record has lasted so long, I am proud of training Jeffrey Ng. In order to break the national record for boys under 17, we used a technology to break it. It was my best days of training when he was one of my athlete. A very determined and resilient runner who was able to score GCE 'A' Levels with 5 As, a straight 'As' student indeed, who did not once show off his talent.
The race will be at 4 10pm and it will be held at Bishan Stadium.