It’s been raining Singapore national records at the Negri Sembilan Open this weekend.
A total of two national open records and five national junior marks were broken by our athletes in what must be one of the best displays by a Singapore athletics contingent in recent memory.
Triple jumper Mariam Shazana got the ball rolling when she broke her national open and junior mark of 11.66 metres on Saturday. She cleared 11.70m on her third and then equalled it on her fourth attempt.
This is the fifth time the 17-year-old student has broken the national mark since 2006.
Today, a flood of record-breaking feats followed.
Stefan Tseng also broke his national open and junior mark of 15.78m when he leapt 16.04m this afternoon. He not only won the event but also set a new championship record.
The 18-year-old student may have missed out on qualifying for the South-east Asian Games by 0.03 (the qualifying mark is 16.07m) but he can still take a lot of positives away from his performance.
Reason: Not onlyhas he broken the psychological barrier of cracking the 16m mark, he has also become the first Singapore jumper to ever clear 16m.
Stefan has several more meets lined up this year and there is no reason why we can’t expect him to break the record again and achieve his aim of qualifying for the Sea Games.
“I’m okay with his performance today because there was a strong head wind of -1.3m/s blowing against him today,” said his coach, Valeri Obidko. ” He would have jumped further if there wasn’t the head wind.”
High jumper Wayne Yap also wrote his name into the national record books today. The Hwa Chong Institution student broke a 22-year-old junior mar when he cleared 2.08m. The previous mark of 2.07m was set by Mohd Azahar Sapuan’s in 1987.
Finally, Dipna Lim-Prasad entered her name twice in the national record books today.
The 18-year-old first set a new national junior mark in the Girls 100m hurdles when she finished third in her event in 15.40sec. That time shaved off 0.07sec off the existing mark of 15.47sec which was set by Amanda Tan last year.
Dipna then combined with Shalom Danielle See, T. Piriyah and Fiona Ng to set a new 4x400m relay junior record. The quartet won the event in a blistering 3min 56.70sec, smashing the year-old mark of 4:00.48.
Incidentlaly, that mark was set by Dipna, Shalom, Valerie Pereira and Ng Yu Jun last June in Indonesia.
The Singapore Sports Fan congratulates all our national athletes for a great job at the Negri Sembilan Open and hopes to see them continue breaking their own marks this year and in the near future.
Well done, guys and girls!
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan