Singapore set a new national junior record and won a handful of medals on the first day of competition at the South-east Asian Junior Track and Field Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.
Hwa Chong Institution student Wong Kai Yuen broke Scott Wong’s two-year-old national junior record in the shot put (6kg) twice en route to finishing second in the event today.
He threw 15.20m and then threw an improved 15.26m to break Scott’s national mark of 15.14 which he set in 2008.
Our athletes also won a gold and two bronzes today.
Goh Wei Ning raced home to victory in the Girls 100m hurdles in 14.78sec, missing Dipna Lim-Prasad’s national mark of 14.72sec by an agonising 0.06sec.
Jumper Nurul Jannah will have reason to be pleased with her bronze-medal winning effort in the Girls’ Long Jump.
Even though the 18-year-old Auckland University of Technology student’s distance of 5.50m is below her personal best of 5.58m, it is the best distance she has cleared in the past two years.
Pole vaulter Sean Lim also won a bronze when he cleared 4.40m. The distance, however, is 0.21m shy of his personal best of 4.61m which he set last year.
Congratulations to all our winners. Let’s hope for an equally bountiful day tomorrow.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan