By Shamir Osman in Khon Kaen
There was some controversy in the 100m for under-16 boys at the 11th Thailand Sports School Games in Khon Kaen yesterday.
Both the Singapore Sports School’s Shahrir Mohd Anuar and his Thai opponent crossed the line first and the decision went to a photo finish.
Officials awarded the victory to the Thai, with a time of 11.10s, while Shahrir’s — who strained his right hamstring during the race — time was recorded as 11.11s.
The decision was disputed by Singapore officials, with the Sports School’s track and field general manager, Jenny Lim, explaining that it was usual practice to have cameras mounted on both ends of the finish line, while there was only one camera installed yesterday.
Said coach Remy Gan: “We disputed the decision as we wanted to get a second opinion on the photo-finish, but we respect the final decision and will not be pursuing the matter.”
Habibah Najihahbi went some way to raising the spirits in the Singapore camp when she claimed a come-from-behind victory in the girls’ under-14 100m race, hitting the tape in 13.09s.
Said Habibah: “I saw the girl from Chonburi (Sports School) in front of me and I really didn’t want her to win, so I gave it my all.
“I normally don’t do well in finals, because I get very stressed. I’m glad this time around it worked out.”