Hwa Chong Institution’s Lim Zhuo Yan set a new Schools National benchmark in the shot putt as he hurled his way to a new A Boys record at the Schools National Track and Field Championships yesterday.
The 17-year-old threw a massive 17.11 metres to destroy former schoolmate Scott Wong’s A Division and Schools National record of 16.79m.
Zhuo Yan, who won the B Division crown last year, was a class above the rest of the field as runner-up Cai Jiashen, also from Hwa Chong, was almost two metres behind with his best effort of 15.36m. Tan Chien Ming of Raffles Institution JC was third with 14.81m.
There was also excitement in the Girls B Division 100m hurdles today as Inez Leong of St Nicholas Girls sprinted her way to victory. The 16-year-old clocked an impressive 15.14secs to erase Noreen Herman’s name from both the Championships and national record books.
This was because Noreen had set both a B Division and a national Under-17 record with her time of 15.35sec last year. She was with the Singapore Sports School then.
Goh Wei Ning, from the Sports School, also went under both of Noreen’s marks with her silver-medal winning time of 15.21sec but it will be Inez’s name that will be registered in the record books. Sarah Lee of Nanyang Girls was third in 15.42sec.
There was also a huge buzz around the sandpits at Choa Chu Kang Stadium today. Reason: it was there that a 38-year-old C Division record – the School’s National Championships third-oldest mark – was broken.
Singapore Sports School student Sakinah Muslimah Johar, 13, shattered a record that was almost three times her age as she leapt her way to gold today.
In fact, she broke You Lan Eng’s 1971 mark of 5.04m not once but twice. She cleared 5.07m on her first jump before surprassing that with her 5.10 metre-effort in her second last jump.
“Remember this new name in the jumps,” said Sports School jumps coach Valeri Obidko. “She has the talent to break the national record of 5.88m in a few years.”
Sakinah’s nearest challenger today was schoolmate Zulaikha Rahmat.
But the newly-crowned C Girls triple jump champion was no match for her. In the end, Zulaikha finished second with her 4.67m effort while Nanyang Girls’ Tong Ray Nee took the bronze with 4.65m.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan