Hwa Chong Institution student Wong Kai Yuan emerged a surprise winner and record breaker in the Boys U-17 Shot Put (5kg) final of the Singapore Junior Athletics Championships at the Bukit Gombak Stadium today.
He hurled 15.06m to break two records – the meet record of 14.73m and the National Under-17 record of the same distance, both of which were set by Scott Wong in 2006.
The result was a pleasant surprise for Kai Yuan as he had finished third in the B Division shot put final at last month’s Nati0nal Schools Track and Field Championships. However, his distance of 14.73m had, by then, already equalled Scott’s National U-17 record.
Another meet record went a-tumbling today, and once again, it occured in a field event.
Jumper Nurul Jannah, a member of Russian coach Valeri Obidko’s stable of promising young jump talents, broke the Girls U-20 meet record of 5.43m with her best effort of 5.58m.
Nurul started tentatively with a 5.29m opening effort but bettered it with her second jump of 5.34m. After an overstep in her third attempt, she finally broke the meet record with her fourth jump. She then showed consistency in her last two jumps, recording 5.52m and 5.48m.
It must be noted, however, that Nurul’s bestb distance today is still 10cm off her national junior record of 5.68m which she set in 2007.
She will need to clear 5.85m if she hopes to qualify for this July’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Italy.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan