Correction: THREE national open records set at Negri Sembilan Open

The report:

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 thoughts:

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

Related links:

26 April 2009 – Newsflash: Singapore athletes break five national records at Negri Sembilan Open 

11 June 2008 – Rachel vaults to a new high

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3 thoughts on “Correction: THREE national open records set at Negri Sembilan Open

  1. sl says:

    hi SSF, i dont think 4.60m is the sea games qualifying for women’s pole vault. the olympic qualifying is 4.60m. according to saa, 3.80m will suffice for sea games. which means she’s only 5cm away.

  2. ISD says:

    Another mistake here, Singapore Sports Fan. Rachel Yang has already qualified for SEA Games which the qualifying mark is 3.80m for women. She achieved the height at the SAA 4th Allcomers’ meet in a mixed competition. The performance was recognised for SEA Games qualification but not for record due to IAAF rules. Hence, her 3.75m in Negeri Sembilan Open was the new record and not the 3.80m in Allcomers’ meet. By the way, the qualifying mark for men pole vault is 4.70m.

  3. singaporesportsfan says:

    Many thanks, sl and ISD for pointing out the mistakes.

    I’m glad you guys have done so because I strive as hard as I can for factual accuracy in my postings, so that the statistics listed in my posts can be used as a source of record.

    So, I will be changing my post above to feature the corrections.

    Thanks much. And do drop me emails from time to time if you have any other news for me to put up on this blog.

    Cheers! :-)

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