National triple jumper Stefan Tseng is making steady progress since his recovery from a heel injury which he incurred in late May.
The 18-year-old made a strong case for his inclusion in this December’s SEA Games when he finished second in the Taiwan Open today with a best effort of 15.79m, behind 2007 SEA Games silver medalist Sukon Kittisak of Thailand who leapt 15.85m.
Stefan’s distance is his second best result of the season, after his national record-breaking leap of 16.04m at the Negri Sembilan Open in May.
It is also an improvement on the 15.56m he cleared at the Perak Open last weekend.
And although he has not met the SEA Games qualifying mark of 16.07m, Stefan remains one of only two triple jumpers in the region who have breached the 16m mark this year.
The other is Nguyen Van Hung of Vietnam who cleared 16.37m at the Vietnam Open two weeks ago.
It is understood that the Singapore Athletics Association has already decided to nominate for the SEA Games even though he has not met the qualifying mark.
So, all this should stand him in good stead when the Singapore National Olympic Council finally settles the list of athletes heading for this December’s Games.
There was more good news from the Taiwan Open, and it came in the form of sprinter Mohd Elfi Mustapha.
The Wings Athetics Club athlete finished fourth in the 100m in a new personal best time of 10.59sec.
His time is a huge improvement from the 10.86sec which he clocked at the 5th All Comers Meet and is so far, also the best 100m timing clocked by a Singaporean this season.
Elfi was also part of the 4x100m relay team that qualified for the final with a time of 40.54sec. The others in the quartet were Gary Yeo, Poh Seng Song and Muhd Amirudin Jamal. They were the fifth fastest side after Taiwan (40.13sec), Thailand (40.18sec), Hong Kong A (40.21sec) and Hong Kong B (40.22sec).
Singapore eventually finished fifth in a rain-drenched final in 40.69sec.
Long jumper Matthew Goh was fifth in his final with his best effort of 7.11m. But the distance was way off his national record of 7.53m which he set in June and which qualified him for the SEA Games.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan