Sprints scheme to groom talent

Shanti Pereira passing the baton to anchor runner Nur Izlyn Zaini in last year's SEA Games 4x100m relay final in Kuala Lumpur, where they set a national record of 44.96sec by finishing fourth with Wendy Enn and Dipna Lim-Prasad. Dipna is keen to know
Shanti Pereira passing the baton to anchor runner Nur Izlyn Zaini in last year's SEA Games 4x100m relay final in Kuala Lumpur, where they set a national record of 44.96sec by finishing fourth with Wendy Enn and Dipna Lim-Prasad. Dipna is keen to know how the new programme will be implemented.ST FILE PHOTO

Main aim is to put athletes on right training path and cut down on high attrition rates

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 tomorrow. The selection criteria for boys is 11.3 seconds and below for 100m and 22.8 and below for 200m. For girls, it is 13 and 26.4 respectively.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2018, with the headline 'Sprints scheme to groom talent'. Print Edition | Subscribe