Rising young pole-vaulting talent Sean Lim has done it again.
The 16-year-old Hwa Chong Institution broke the National Under-17 record for the second time in three weeks when he cleared 4.50 metres at the Singapore Athletic Association’s Pole Vault Series 3 on Sunday.
The height surpasses the 4.36-metre record which he set at the 50th Schools National Track and Field Championships on 16 April.
The new record also means that Sean has realised his dream of competing at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Italy in July as his 4.50m-effort is the qualifying mark for the meet.
But the way Sean achieved his new record on Sunday was a stark contrast to how he had broken the record at the Schools National Finals.
He achieved it on his very first attempt whereas his previous 4.36m record was only achieved on his final attempt.
The moment the record was broken on Sunday, Sean felt a huge load of pressure lifted off his shoulders.
Confidence surging through his veins, he proceeded to set the bar at 4.67m in an attempt to break the national open record of 4.66m set by Mok Hay Foo in 1993.
And guess what? He almost did it on his second last vault – he cleared the bar… only to hit it on the way down.
But even though Sean did not succeed in breaking the national open mark this time, there is the strong possibility that the mark may not survive the end of May.
For his next competition will be the National Junior Championships which will be held from 30-31 May, and judging from the steady progress that the teenager has been making, one would be a fool to bet against him setting a new Open benchmark by then.
The Singapore Spots Fan congratulates Sean on his latest achievement and keeps his fingers crossed that the young man will continue to soar to new heights this year.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan