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MSSA: Mumbai Std X student gives exam, then breaks two records

Just five hours after appearing for his history examination, Standard X student breaks two meet records

Alden Noronha of St Dominic Savio (Andheri) set two new meet records in the U-16 category on Day Three of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) inter-school athletics meet held at the Sports Authority of India's Kandivli campus yesterday.

Alden Noronha (right) wins the U-16 200m event while Sahib Singh finishes second at the MSSA inter-school athletics meet held at Sports Authority of India's Kandivli campus yesterday. Pic/Nimesh Dave
Alden Noronha (right) wins the U-16 200m event while Sahib Singh finishes second at the MSSA inter-school athletics meet held at Sports Authority of India's Kandivli campus yesterday. Pic/Nimesh Dave 

Alden finished the 100m hurdles race with a timing of 13.9 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the previous record set by St Mary's High School ICSE's (Mazagaon) Adrian Mascarenhas in 1999.

He later clocked 22.9 secs in the 200m run to break the previous record of 23.1 secs set by Raiyan Banaji of American School, Bandra in 2005. "I am very happy with my performance today. Forget the record, I never expected to win. It's a totally different experience to come out and break two records," said the Class X student.

Nervous
"I was very nervous before the race as this is my last year in school and I won't be able to participate in MSSA events from next year. "But winning the 100m hurdles gave me confidence. I hope of doing well in the 400m run tomorrow (Friday)," said the 15-year-old, who will be representing India in the youth Asian Games and youth Commonwealth Games to be held later this year.

The win was even more commendable considering Alden appeared for his history exams just five hours before his first event of the day. "My school principal, Fr Crispino D'Souza is very supportive. He asked all of us, who are participating in the MSSA event, if we wanted to give the exam on another day, but I insisted on giving the exam today itself. So, he brought the exam timing ahead by 30 minutes," he said.

Other records also tumbled at SAI's Kandivli campus yesterday. Vishal Shelar of Rustomjee International School, Dahisar achieved a record of 13.07m in the U-12 boys' shot put event while Nicole Franco of St Joseph's Convent School, Bandra set a new mark of 4.93m in the U-12 girls' long jump event. Arya Vidya Mandir's (Bandra) Sahebjeetsingh Rance broke the U-16 record for the 3000m run by clocking 9:26.9 secs while Anya Hegde of The Cathedral and John Connon finished the U-14 80m hurdles event in 13.4 secs to claim the meet record.

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