Monthly Archives: April 2013

Another national open record broken at National Schools T&F C’ships

First, it was Chan Sheng Yao of Hwa Chong Institution.

Yesterday, Lynette Lim of Cedar Girls Secondary School became the second student-athlete to set a national open record at the ongoing National Schools Track and Field Championships.

The 16-year-old Secondary Four student leapt 11.79m in the Girls B Division triple jump to break Mariam Shazana’s existing mark of 11.73m set in 2009. Here’s the report:

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Great leaps forward by Cedar girls (TODAY Online, 10 April 2013)

By Charles Ong

SINGAPORE — Two Cedar Girls’ Secondary students stole the limelight at yesterday’s National Inter-School Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium with their record-breaking performances.

Secondary Two student Low Seow Ting provided the appetiser in the morning session when she jumped 1.60m in the Girls “C” Division high jump to break her own championship record of 1.55m set during last year’s meet. Schoolmate Fatimah Zahra was second (1.40m) while Jezebel Koh of the Singapore Sports School was third (1.40m)

Cedar’s Sec 4 student Lynette Lim then served up the dish of the day in the afternoon by breaking both a championship record and a national open mark.

With a hop, skip and a jump, the 16-year-old rewrote the Girls “B” Division triple jump record of 11.56m as well as the national open mark of 11.73m when she flew across the sand pit to clock a distance of 11.79m.

Both records were previously set by Mariam Shazana — the former in 2008 and the latter in 2009. Wong Sumae of Nanyang Girls High School was second (11.27m) while Cedar’s Anissa Sharmaine Jefri Schmitt was third (11.13m).

Lynette’s achievement is the second national open record set at this year’s championships. Pole vaulter Chan Sheng Yao broke the national mark during the Boys’ “A” Division competition last Friday.

What is even more stunning about Lynette’s feat is that she only started training in the jumps less than three years ago. Back then, she had dreams of being a sprinter, but her coach John Sweem saw her potential in jumps and persuaded her to make the switch in July 2010.

In fact, Sweem was hardly surprised when Lynette broke the national mark yesterday.

“She is very powerful and springs off from the board very well,” he said.

I was planning for her to break the record at this year’s meet as she has consistently shown she could hit 11.50m — what she needed was just the extra push from her competitors.

“With her potential, she can easily go above 12m in the next few years. Hopefully, she can qualify for the Youth Olympic Games next year.”

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If memory serves me right, this is the first time that two national open records have come a-crashing at the annual schools championship.

Last Friday, Sheng Yao also entered his name in the national record books when he broke Sean Lim’s pole-vault record of 4.81m with his 4.82m effort in the Boys A Div competition.

According to Lynette’s coach, John Sweem, she has the ability to clear 12m in the next few years. That will be exciting to watch, and let’s hope it happens.

Cedar Girls also had another student  entering her name in the record books. Low Seow Ting cleared 1.60m in the C Div high jump to rewrite her record of 1.55m which she had set last year.

My heartiest congratulations to Lynette and Seow Ting. Fingers crossed that there will be more exciting things to come in the remaining days of competition at the National Schools Championships.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

 

 

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Well done, Chan Sheng Yao!

How time flies.

It’s been a year since my last post because I’ve been busy with work and other personal commitments. Much has happened in the local sports scene which I’ve not been able to record. Pity.

This achievement by Chan Sheng Yao, however, stirred something in me and I just felt that I had to record it down for posterity. Here’s the report from TODAY:

Sheng Yao vaults to the top (TODAY Online, 6 April 2013)

By Charles Ong

SINGAPORE— Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) student Chan Sheng Yao created local sporting history in the most impressive manner yesterday as he pole-vaulted his way to the Boys “A” Division gold at the 54th National Inter-School Track & Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

The 17-year-old student cleared 4.82m to clinch the title and, in doing so, broke a string of national records in the discipline. Not only did Sheng Yao’s winning height erase Sean Lim’s national open record of 4.81m which was set in June 2011, it is also a new national U-23, national junior and youth mark.

That is not all — it is also a new “A” Division record, replacing the 4.80m-mark set by Sean at the 2011 edition of the schools championships.

Sheng Yao has also qualified for this December’s South-east Asian Games as a result.

Yet, all of this nearly did not happen for the teenager yesterday.

After failing to clear 4.31m on his first two attempts, he was under pressure and barely succeeded on his final try to keep his gold medal hopes alive.

At that point, the event was still a three-horse race, with Raffles Institution’s Nick Ho and HCI’s Darren Tan still in contention.

But Sheng Yao subsequently clinched the gold when he cleared 4.41m while both Nick and Darren failed to do so (Nick eventually took the silver on countback while Darren finished third)

Once the yoke was lifted from Sheng Yao’s shoulders, he started gunning for the national record.

After clearing 4.70m and qualifying for the SEA Games, he then produced his record-breaking feat.

But despite the huge smile on his face after the event, Sheng Yao, who is coached by David Yeo, nevertheless described yesterday’s competition as one of his “hardest nationals ever”. He admitted: “It was very tough to even secure the gold medal today.”

He credits Sean, his senior and friend, who is also coached by Yeo, for inspiring him to make such a massive leap from his previous personal best of 4.64m, set at last year’s “B” Division Boys’ final.

“Had Sean not broken the national record (of 4.66m set by Mok Hay Foo in 1993) two years ago, then I would have been aiming to just beat 4.66m today … But by doing so, he raised the bar for me, and showed that anything is possible.”

Yeo also played a part in ensuring the national record was broken yesterday. “When Sheng Yao was attempting the national record, I allowed the officials to announce it,” he said. “Even though it might have put pressure on him, I felt that it was perhaps what he needed to perform. My bet was that it would get him over, and it did.”

Sheng Yao now plans to focus on July’s IAAF World Youth Championships in the Ukraine before turning his attention to the SEA Games in Myanmar in December.

“My target is to qualify for the final at the World Youth meet and maybe finish among the top three — which usually has a minimum requirement of 5.1m,” he said.

Then he added with a smile: “That, in turn, means that I will need to break my own record again.”

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Just like how Sean Lim did it in 2011, Sheng Yao broke a whole string of records, including, most importantly, the national open pole vault record, with his 4.82m effort at the ongoing National Schools Track & Field Championships.

The Hwa Chong Institution student has also qualified for the SEA Games. And all this at the tender age of 17. (actually, he also qualified for the last SEA Games in 2011 but it seems that he could not take part as he was underaged)

What a fantastic achievement. My heartiest congratulations to Sheng Yao, and to his coach, David Yeo. Here’s wishing him all the best at the IAAF World Youth Championships in July, and at the SEA Games in Myanmar.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

P/S:

Here’s a great picture montage of Sheng Yao’s achievement by Terry Tan Lee Ban. I found it on the Singapore Athletic Association’s Facebook page.

Chan Sheng Yao's record breaking feat as captured by  by Terry Tan Lee Ban

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