National jumpers Matthew Goh and Calvin Cheng clinched gold and silver respectively in the men’s long jump this afternoon at the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia.
Matthew, 17, took the title with his 6.99-metre leap, although the distance is some way off his pesonal best of 7.37m set at the 4th All-Comers Meet last month.
Calvin, 18, finished second with his best effort of 6.79m, which was also a long way off his national open and junior record of 7.45m and his season’s best of 7.12m, set at the Negri Sembilan Open last month.
However, national jumps coach Valeri Obidko was reasonably satisfied with his charges’ results as “they were competing against a strong head win.”
Matthew and Calvin are two of the eight-strong Singapore team that is taking part in the biennial Games.
The other jumpers are Dickson Chen, Stefan Tseng, Mariam Shazana and Nurul Jannah. Sprinters Dipna Lim-Prasad and Balpreet Kaur are also competing.
Mariam will be competing in the Women’s Triple Jump tomorrow.
The 17-year-old, who broke the national triple jump record for the fifth time in her career last month when she cleared 11.70m at the Negri Smbilan Open, is trying to qualify for the IAAF World Youth Championships, which will be held in Italy in July.
To do so, she has to clear 12metres, the qualifying standard for the Championships.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan