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Sahib Singh equals U-16 100m record

Sahib Singh of Jasudben ML School (Khar) equalled the meet record in the U-16 100 metres race to win the 'fastest boy athlete of the meet' trophy on the final day of MSSA inter-school athletics

Sahib Singh of Jasudben ML School (Khar) equalled the meet record in the U-16 100 metres race to win the 'fastest boy athlete of the meet' trophy on the final day of Mumbai Schools Sports Association's (MSSA) inter-school athletics meet held at Sports Authority of India's Kandivli campus yesterday. Sahib, who registered his previous best timing of 11.4 seconds last August, clocked 11.3 secs yesterday.

Sahib Singh
Sahib Singh wins the U-16 100 metres race at the Sports Authority of India's Kandivli campus yesterday. Pic/Nimesh Dave.

Disappointed
Despite winning, the Class X student was disappointed at not being able to break the meet record. “It feels good to win. But I wanted to break the meet record. I was desperate to see my name in the record book as I won’t be able to participate in any MSSA events from next year,” he said.

“I was targeting 11.2 secs as I have achieved that during practice. But unfortunately today I couldn’t,” he added.

As a child, Sahib was interested in skating but couldn’t continue with the sport since he was unable to find a helmet to wear over his turban. “I used to love skating. But finding a proper helmet for me was a problem. I used to get injured quite often. I then had to take the hard decision of quitting the sport and joining athletics,” said the 15-year-old.

Meanwhile, Alden Noronha of St Dominic Savio (Andheri) added another U-16 meet record to the two records he had already set on Thursday. The 15-year-old clocked 50.8 secs yesterday to set a meet record in the 400m run.

Other record holders of the day included Saniya Sawant of Udayachal School, who finished the U-10 girls’ 100m run in 14.8 secs while Besant Montessori’s (Juhu) Yuv Vora won the U-8 boys’ 100m run with a time of 15.2 secs. Rohit Ghadi of St Dominic Savio broke the U-14 boys’ 100m record clocking 11.9 secs.

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