Jawhardeen's performances caught the eye of Singapore Athletic Association vice-president Loh Chan Pew, who said: "He is very consistent and, if he continues to train hard, I think he can hit 10.5 next year.

"I will recommend that he joins the 4x100m train- ing squad, but I think he can make it for the national team, possibly even the SEA Games this year."

Jawhardeen, whose father Sirajudeen was also a sprinter, has no regrets switching to the sprints.

He said: "I'm a poor starter and the guy behind me was very fast, but I just kept my focus on getting to my top speed.

"It feels good to have won as all the hard work has paid off, but without the support of my teachers, coach and family, I don't think I would have come this far.

Clear mind

"I'm thankful to them, especially my coach Donovan Ong, who always told me to keep my mind clear."

In the C Division girls, Iman Fandi bagged two gold medals and a silver yesterday to add to her 200m bronze on Monday.

The daughter of football legend Fandi Ahmad finished second in the 100m behind schoolmate Ismi Zakiah Kashful Anwar, and was also part of the 4x100m and 4x400m relay winning teams.

Said the 13-year-old: "I could've done better with the 100m, but I think it was a good haul.

"I definitely have room to improve, but I really liked the adrenalin from the competition."

gregloo@sph.com.sg


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