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Former greats at Singapore Masters Open Track and Field Championships

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Former greats at Singapore Masters Open Track and Field Championships

29 April, 2014   Nicole Chan

Spore Masters Open Track & Field Championships

The second edition of the Singapore Masters Open Track and Field Championships attracted seasoned athletes from around the region. (Photo by VoxSports)



Athletes from all over the region gathered at Choa Chu Kang Stadium on 26 and 27 April for the second edition of the Singapore Masters Open Track and Field Championships.


With roots tracing back to the 1970s, the Open drew in seasoned athletes from countries such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India – many of whom were former national representatives in the Asian Games, Commonwealth games, and even the Olympics.


Honorary Secretary of Singapore Masters Athletics and former National runner, A. Kannan shared about the far-reaching nature of the event.

He explained: “Masters programme (lasts for the) whole year… At the beginning of this year we went to Thailand…then we came back for Singapore’s. After this, we are going for the Sabah Masters...Then the 18th Asian Masters Championships in Japan.”


“We are very proud of this, it keeps our senior citizens fit. And we’re very happy, now Masters is very popular.”

Among the many experienced runners in the 100m men’s dash was former national sprinter Paul Su, 54, who has been participating in Masters since 2000.

“We are still sportsmen and we want to keep healthy,” Su said.

“We meet a lot of our friends who were lost a long time ago, some of them from way back in the ASEAN school days and national championships, where they represented their countries. It’s about the friendship and atmosphere. Winning is just one thing. If you can do it, it’s a really good consolation,” he added.


Sprinting veteran Linda Oh, 58, echoed his sentiments: “This tournament is very meaningful, because I meet a lot of people… For me it’s not about winning. If you win, I’ll salute you because that’s how you train,” she commented.

Oh has participated in every Asian Masters event since 1992 with the exception of 2006, when she sustained muscle injury. She also holds meet records for various sprinting events in her age group for over 10 years.

Propelled by the rigour of Masters and her love for sports, Oh has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

“As long as I can run, I will continue running. I see men in Japan running at 100 years old, and I see that it is possible to do it as long as you take care of your body,” she said.

The Masters Open will be next held in Sabah, after which there will be another meet in Pahang, Malaysia.

Subsequently, the athletes will have the opportunity to participate in the 18th Asian Masters Championships in Japan towards the end of the year.

Sport Singapore CEO, Mr Lim Teck Yin, also took part in the 4 x 100 metres, along with Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief, Strategic Development & Marketing Group, Sport Singapore; Mr Lai Chin Kwang, Chief, ActiveSG, Sport Singapore; and Mr Lenard Pattiselanno, Director, Strategic Development & Marketing Group, Sport Singapore. 

The full results of the event can be found here

Spore Masters Open Track & Field Championships

(From left to right) Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief, Strategic Development & Marketing Group, Sport Singapore; Mr Lai Chin Kwang, Chief, ActiveSG, Sport Singapore; Mr Lenard Pattiselanno, Director, Strategic Development & Marketing Group, Sport Singapore; and Sport Singapore CEO, Mr Lim Teck Yin, striking a pose before their 4 x 100 metres event. (Photo by VoxSports)

Event highlights:

Spore Masters Open Track & Field

(Photo by Sport Singapore photographer/ Eddie Seng)

Spore Masters Open Track & Field

(Photo by Sport Singapore photographer/ Eddie Seng)

Spore Masters Open Track & Field

(Photo by Sport Singapore photographer/ Eddie Seng)