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National record-breaker Lynette’s preference to focus on her studies is wise

Lynette Lim has done it again.

After setting a new national record of 11.79m in the triple jump at last year’s National Schools Track and Field Championships, the Victoria Junior College student repeated her achievement when she leapt 11.89m in the Girls A Div final at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Thursday.

The Straits Times reported on Friday that Lynette’s effort meant that she set seven records at the same time with her sixth and final attempt in the sand pit. Apart from the National Open and A Div records, her effort also rewrote the Schools National mark as well as the National Junior, National U-19, National U-17 and Youth Best Performance records. That’s a really nice long feather to put on ones cap.

I thought however, that TODAY’s report (see below) had an interesting take on the situation – which was that Lynette is not interested in becoming a full-time athlete in future, and prefers to focus on her studies even though she is the best in the discipline in Singapore.

Her parents feel the same, and it is easy to see why – her leap, despite being a national record, is about 3 metres away from being among the best in South-east Asia, and 3m is quite a gulf to conquer in a discipline like the triple jump.

In other words, local standards in some athletics disciplines are still a long way from even South-east Asian standards.

So is it worth turning full-time just to try to overcome such a huge gap, with the chances of success considered slim, at best?

But it will be good if Lynette is able to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games at the Asian qualifying trials in Bangkok in May. Young athletes should always aspire to achieve feats that they have the potential to realise. And if she does qualify, then maybe at the YOG, Lynette and her coach will have an idea of where she really stands among her peers in the region, and, subsequently, be better able to make a more informed decision about her future in the sport.

In the meantime, congratulations to Lynette. And congratulations too to the trio of Joel Koh, Dong Dexin (both Hwa Chong Institution) and Raphael Soh (Raffles Institution) for all going under the Boys A Div 5,000m record on Thursday. Their times of 26min 43.01sec, 27:06.32 and 27:20.98 all went under Karthik Muthu s/o Supramanian’s A Div and Schools National record of 29:04.02 which was set in 2011.

Unfortunately, for Dexin and Rafael, only Joel’s name will appear in the record books. To the winner goes all the spoils, as the saying goes.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Studies come first for Lynette (TODAY Online, April 11, 2014)

By Ian De Cotta

SINGAPORE — For the second straight year, the national women’s triple jump record tumbled at the feet of Lynette Lim, but the achievement was especially sweet for the athlete as it was written at the Singapore National Schools Track and Field Championships yesterday.

In setting the new national standard of 11.89m at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium, the Victoria Junior College student re-wrote the record she set last year at the same meet by another 10cm.

Only 16, Lynette’s development as an athlete at this stage seems to hold plenty of promise, but it is a career that could very well end after her A-Levels next year.

It is a prospect her coach John Seem is not looking forward to, as he believes the triple jumper is on track to breach the 12m mark in competition before the end of the year.

Lynette, he added, is focused on furthering her studies and has not given much thought to training full-time or building a career as a sportswoman. She, at least, has the backing of Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) President Tang Weng Fei, who cautioned against pushing young athletes against their will.

“There is too much talk about getting our young athletes to train full time and I am a little uncomfortable with this,” said Tang.

“I met Lynette’s parents on Sunday and they also want her to concentrate on her studies, but I also think she should be given room to enjoy herself first. There is still ample time if she changes her mind later.”

While Tang said Lynette is making good progress that could eventually lead to an elite athlete’s pathway programme, there is still a lot of work to be done before she could be on the same level as sprinter Shanti Pereira, the 17-year-old who finished fourth in the 200m at last December’s SEA Games in Myanmar and is widely regarded as a medal prospect for next year’s edition in Singapore.

But the new women’s triple jump national mark is still the third-lowest in the region, where the 14.17m record set at Naypyidaw is held by Indonesia’s Maria Natalia Londa. It also below the 12.29m bronze medal placing at last year’s SEA Youth Athletics championship in Vietnam, a target Tang said Lynette should aim for.

With the progress the teenager is making, Seem is confident it can be reached next year, although the focus now is to qualify for the August Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

Said Seem: “Lynette is already doing 12m during training and I think the long jump competition two days ago may have tired her. If she continues making progress, I am sure she’ll do 13m within two years, that is if she is still training. We are now preparing for the Asian Area Qualifying for the Youth Olympics in Bangkok on May 21 and 22. The qualifying mark is 11.7m and only the top two in Asia will get to go.”

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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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How Team Singapore performed at the YOG on the 11th day of competition (Wednesday)

The results:

Here’s how Team Singapore’s athletes performed on Wednesday

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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CANOE-KAYAK

MEN’S K1 OBSTACLE CANOE SLALOM (ROUND 4)

Brandon Ooi lost to Guillaume Bernis of France

FOOTBALL

BOYS’ BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

Singapore 4 Montenegro 1

Singapore win bronze medal

HOCKEY

BOYS’ TEAM ( 5TH/ 6TH PLACING)

Singapore 6 Chile 1

Singapore finish fifth overall

JUDO

MIXED TEAM

TABLE A ROUND 1: Lim Chin Jie as part of Team Birmingham lost to Team Cairo 5–2

TABLE B ROUND 1: Tang Jing Fang as part of Team Osaka beat Team Barcelona 5–3

TABLE B ROUND 2: Tang Jing Fang as part of Team Osaka draw with Team Belgrade 4–4. Team Osaka did not advance to table final

SAILING

BYTE CII GIRLS’ ONE PERSON DINGHY

MEDAL RACE: Natasha Michiko Yokoyama finished third

Natasha finishes fifth overall with 66 net points after 12 races

BYTE CII BOYS’ ONE PERSON DINGHY

MEDAL RACE: Darren Choy finished 12th

Darren finishes seventh over all with 78 net points after 12 races

TECHNO 293 GIRLS’ WINDSURFER

MEDAL RACE: Audrey Yong finished 3rd

Audrey finishes third with 43 net points after 11 races

SHOOTING

10M AIR RIFLE WOMEN JUNIOR

QUALIFICATION ROUND: Carol Leei finished sixth with 393-24x

FINAL: Carol Lee  finished seventh overall with 393-24x

TABLE TENNIS

MIXED TEAMS

LAST 16: Singapore bt Europe(4) 2-0

QUARTER-FINALS: Singapore lost to Japan 2-1

VOLLEYBALL

GIRLS’ TEAM (5TH/6TH PLACING)

Singapore 1 Egypt 3

Singapore finished sixth overall

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