I was pleasantly surprised to see this report in The Straits Times today. It was a brief in the Sports World Column:
Yang rewrites own record (The Straits Times, 29 April 2009)
SINGAPORE pole vaulter Rachel Yang set a national record in the Negri Sembilan Open on Saturday.
The 25-year-old cleared 3.75m, bettering her own mark set last year by 15cm. She finished third.
Yang’s record was one of three national records and three national junior marks set at the meet by Singapore’s athletes.
My heartiest congratulations to Rachel for breaking her national record again. And my deepest apologies for missing out on her achievement in my previous post on Sunday. The information was not available to me then.
Two things to note:
a. Rachel is still almost a metre off the qualifying mark for the SEA Games which is 4.60m. I’m not sure if she can breach such a gap with seven months to go to the Games.
But no matter, what is important is that she continues to set new standards for herself which can only be good for Singapore athletics in the long run. May she continue to succeed in that area.
(Note from The Singapore Sports Fan, 29 April 2009, at 1130pm:
Please disregard the above. According to two readers (see ‘Comments’ below), Rachel has already qualified for the SEA Games. The qualifying mark was 3.80m which she met at the 4th All Comers Meet last month. However, that mark was not recognised as a national record because of IAAF rules.
This is why her 3.75m at the Negri Sembilan Open is the new national record. Many thanks to sl and ISD for pointing this out to me.)
b. The Straits Times got it wrong, alas. Five – not three – national junior marks were set at the Negri Sembilan Open. Apart from Wayne Yap (high jump), Dipna Lim Prasad (100m hudles) and the 4x400m women’s relay team, Mariam Shazana and Stefan Tseng’s triple jump national records are also national junior marks.
Looking forward to seeing what our athletes can achieve at the Arafura Games in two weeks’ time
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan