Category Archives: SEA Games

Zubin and Joshua in record-breaking form in 400m events

Anglo-Chinese Junior College’s Zubin Percy Mucherji signed off on his final appearance at the National Schools Track and Field Championships in style on Friday afternoon when he sprinted to victory in the A Division Boys 400m final, finishing ahead of Raffles Institution’s Calvin Quek and National JC’s Koo Kai Siang.

The 17-year-old, who won the same event in 49.39sec last year, clocked an improved 48.69sec to also set two new records – the championship record as well as the Schools National record. Both records (48.81) were set by Ng Chin Hui in 2012.

I assume Zubin will be serving his national service next year. He is a bright talent and  do hope that he plans to continue training during NS wherever and whenever possible, and that he will go on to represent Singapore at the SEA Games one day. The current top-three times in the event at the SEA Games (2013) are 47.22, 47.45 and 47.78. Zubin’s timing is less than a second off, and he’s only 18 this year which suggests to me that he has the potential to go further. So I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Another 400m championship record was broken today – in the C Div Boys 400m. Anglo-Chinese School Independent student Joshua Lim was just too strong for his rivals, sprinting home in 51.65sec. He not only broke Chin Hui’s record of 51.97 but was also more than three seconds ahead of nearest rival Darius Ng of Hwa Chong Institution (55.15).

In fact, to the crowd at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium today, it looked like the real battle was between Darius and HCI teammate Irving Alexander De Boer who finished third in a very close 55.17sec.

My heartiest congratulations to Zubin and Joshua. Well done, both of you!

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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National Schools Track and Field C’ships: A new Stefan Tseng in the making?

It looks like Russian coach Valeri Obidko has done it again.

After producing the likes of national-record breaking jumpers like Stefan Tseng and Matthew Goh – who should both be in the mix for a SEA Games medal at next year’s Games now that their national service commitments are over – it looks like the national jumps coach has another jumping gem on his hands.

The boy’s name is Benjamin Ong, and this afternoon, the 16-year-old Singapore Sports School student served notice of his potential as the future successor to Stefan by breaking the 21-year-old B Boys triple jump record at the National Schools Track and Field Championships.

Benjamin’s best effort of 14.42m obliterated the 14.19m record set in 1991 by Huang Jiaping of Chinese High (now known as Hwa Chong Institution), and was 0.80m further than nearest rival and schoolmate Muhd Afiq Hasan (13.62m).

While it is clear that Benjamin has the talent and potential to go far, to call him the next Stefan Tseng could be a little off the mark – for now.

It must be remembered that Stefan was already clearing 15m at age 16. In fact, he broke the national triple jump record of 15.24m back in July 2006, when he was 16. He did it at the Asean Schools Championships in Chiangmai when he cleared 15.52m.

I’m waiting to see if Benjamin can clear the 15m mark by this year, and whether he can go near the 15m distances that Stefan was setting back then. I hope he can, and it will definitely be exciting to watch.

Today’s action at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium produced another stunning result: Eugenia Tan, the teammate and arch-rival of rising sprint star Shanti Pereira, threw down the gauntlet at her good friend in the best way possible – by finishing ahead of Shanti in the B Girls 100m semi-final, and breaking her B Girls record which she only set last year.

Eugenia clocked 12.39sec to break the record of 12.43sec, and finish 0.31sec ahead of Shanti who finished second in 12.68sec.

It remains to be seen whether Shanti was playing possum today, holding back a fair bit in her tank for next week’s final. Whatever the case, it means that we are set for a thrilling showdown in the B Girls 100m next week.

Eugenia’s feat also means that Shanti saw two of her national schools records being wiped out in the space of one week. Last week, it was the Sports School’s Nur Izlyn Zaini who erased her 2010 C Girls 100m record of 12.74sec by clocking 12.73sec in the heats.

Finally, heartiest congratulations too to Cedar Girls’ Low Seow Ting for equalling the C Girls high jump record. She cleared 1.55m, which is the same height as the prevailing record set by See Toh Mun Yee in 1994.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

 

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