AYG Athletics Day 2: Go Qatar!


I hereby decree that there has not been adequate coverage of the Middle East & Central Asian competitors & will devote the rest of my time at Bishan trying to find out more about them(!)

Day 2 suffered the same problems as Day 1: a lack of spectators & less-than-spectacular coverage of the field events. Singapore didn’t get any medals today: girls triple jumper Mohd Rahim was in bronze medal position but made 2 technical faults in her last 2 jumps & ended up 5th. Zachary Ryan, the local 800m specialist, did not start. Tomorrow’s papers might tell us why. The thing that drew cheers from the crowd:

L to R: Singaporean Inez Leong (red) qualifying by coming in third, Perera Anna Marie Keshani from Sri Lanka coming in 4th & Kremneva Daria of Kyrgyzstan coming in 2nd

Girls 100M Hurdles (Heats 1) - L to R: Singaporean Inez Leong (red) qualifying by coming in third, Perera Anna Marie Keshani from Sri Lanka coming in 4th & Kremneva Daria of Kyrgyzstan coming in 2nd

Of the 3 finals: China won girls pole vault, North Korea won girls triple jump & Iran took girls shot put.

Storm the Finishing Line! - L to R: Muayad Mohamed I S Ahmed (Qatar) in 3rd, Beyranvand Amir (Iran) in 2nd, Kumar Ravi (India) in 1st at 2:03 mins for Boys 800M (Heats 2)

Storm the Finishing Line! - L to R: Muayad Mohamed I S Ahmed (Qatar) in 3rd, Beyranvand Amir (Iran) in 2nd, Kumar Ravi (India) in 1st at 2:03 mins for Boys 800M (Heats 2)

Unfortunately, the foreign supporters were much louder than the sec school students. Especially of note, were the Chinese & the Iranians, who were shouting all the way. There were 2 huge groups of Middle Eastern supporters who were cheering each others’ teams on.

Bishan Stadium at 1930hrs, when everyone has gone home, as seen from the track.

Bishan Stadium at 1930hrs, when everyone has gone home, as seen from the track.

Still, in my opinion the most stylo team of Athletics is Qatar. The girls wear a hijab & full leg skins to run – & they are verry fast. So because they were so vocal on & off the track, I decided to support them. I have some pictures of them running, but can’t post them up because they belong to the official website.

Highlight of the day: my colleague was talking to 1 of the Qatari girls, who got a silver in the girls shot put. She has only been throwing for one month (she used to compete in wrestling), & still she could throw a distance far enough to represent her country. She was also kind enough to help in translating Arabic/ Farsi into English when we spoke to other Middle Eastern athletes.

For those coming down, Singaporeans will be running in the Boys 100M & Girls 100M hurdles. All middle-distance events are over except 800M finals. Don’t need to buy drinks: Red Bull, 100-plus & Milo have been giving out drinks at the stadium entrance for the past 2 days.

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