Kallang Practice Track, Saturday, January 12, 2019 – a highly anticipated 400m women finals was waiting to be unfolded after the top three favourites of Charmaine Goh from ITE, Cindy Enn of NYP and Celeste Goh from NUS eased past their individual heats in style with a timing of 65.40, 65.27 and 65.02 respectively.
The 400m women finals was breathtaking as immediately from the start, Celeste Goh from NUS displayed her intention by taking a lead at the first 100m with Cindy Enn from NYP and Charmaine Goh from ITE on hot pursuit.
As the three of them went over the first 200m, there wasn’t any big gap separating them. However as the race went by and fatigue set in, Charmaine Goh made a strong surge at the final 180m to overtake Cindy Enn and set her sight on Celeste Goh for the Gold.
Celeste Goh of NUS, leading in the final 100m, faced a late surge by Charmaine Goh of ITE. Realising the challenge with 40 metres to go, she pushed on despite the lactic building up in her legs.
“My legs just couldn’t move,” Celeste explained. At her physical limit already, she could only rely on her mind to pull her through the final stretch of the race.
“I was like, it’s just 30 metres more, just go all the way. In the last 10 metres I saw her coming closer and I knew it was going to be neck-and-neck already, so I just dipped at the line,” she said.
Winning by a hair’s breadth, Celeste was not even sure she had won the race. Celeste stopped the clock at 1 minute 3.28 seconds, while Charmaine finished in 1:03.38s.
The intensity of the final sprint was such that both Celeste and Charmaine lay on the grass patch beside the finish line for several minutes after the race.
Celeste, who turns 20 this year, felt her race could have gone better as she was feeling tired the whole day. Her personal best in the event is 1:00.82 seconds, set when she won the 2015 National Schools B Division silver.
For Charmaine, the result of her maiden IVP outing was still something to be happy about. Not only did she clinch a silver medal, she also improved on her previous personal best of 1:03.55.
IVP Women’s 400m Results
1st Celeste Goh (#136, National University of Singapore) — 1:03.28
2nd Charmaine Goh (#1, Institute of Technical Education) — 1:03.38
3rd Cindy Enn (#12, Nanyang Polytechnic) — 1:04.96
4th Kathleen Lin (#143, National University of Singapore) — 1:07.42
5th Grace Ng (#81, Nanyang Technological University) — 1:08.59
6th Alanis Moey Shi Qi (#423, Temasek Polytechnic) — 1:09.40
7th Kang Pei Ling (#278, Singapore Institute of Management) — 1:10.47
8th Tor Jia Wen (#429, Temasek Polytechnic) — 1:12.38