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