Athletics: Launch of new sprints programme to improve performance and reduce attrition rate

Shanti Pereira passing the baton to anchor runner Nur Izlyn Zaini as the 4x100m team came fourth and set a national mark of 44.96sec at the 2017 SEA Games. Wendy Enn and Dipna Lim-Prasad were the others.
Shanti Pereira passing the baton to anchor runner Nur Izlyn Zaini as the 4x100m team came fourth and set a national mark of 44.96sec at the 2017 SEA Games. Wendy Enn and Dipna Lim-Prasad were the others.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
National relay coaches Hamkah Afik (left) and Melvin Tan (right) will lead the new sprints programme.
National relay coaches Hamkah Afik (left) and Melvin Tan (right) will lead the new sprints programme.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The ailing performance of Singapore's male sprinters and the high attrition rates among national athletes are some of the factors that have prompted the launch of a new sprints programme, led by national relay coaches Hamkah Afik and Melvin Tan.

A total of 48 athletes and their coaches have been invited to attend the launch of the programme on Saturday (July 7). The selection criteria for boys is 11.3sec and below for 100m and 22.8 and below for 200m. For girls, it is 13 and 26.4 respectively.

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