My heartiest congratulations to yet another junior pole vaulter.
Well done to Hwa Chong Institution’s Chan Sheng Yao for breaking the National Schools C Division Boys pole valt record this morning at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.
He cleared 3.80m to break Chua Wei Da’s eight-year-old record of 3.60m which was set in 2002.
His schoolmate, Ang Yi Zhe, was second with 3.25m. Victoria School’s Timothy Seow also cleared 3.25m but lost out on the silver to Yi Zhe on countback.
Sheng Yao’s feat makes him not just the third Hwa Chong boy to break a pole vault record at the 51st National Schools Track and Field Championships — the others being Benjamin Ng and Sean Lim who both cleared 4.40m in the A Division competition on Monday to break Wei Da’s record of 4.31m (Benjamin won that event eventually, you can read about it in my previous post)
It also makes Sheng Yao the third vaulter coach David Yeo’s stable to break a championship record at this meet.
Apparently, Sheng Yao’s achievement was a nap-shot even before today’s competition.
I was told that he had a personal best of 3.65m going into today’s final, and had been clearing 3.80m with ease at training. Which means today’s record was probably just another day at the office for the youngster. LOL.
Nevertheless, it was a great job by Sheng Yao and all credit to David too for preparing him well for the competition.
Meanwhile, another notable result occured in the A Boys 100m semi-finals today. Raffles Institution’s Shahrir Anuar equalled his personal best when he won his race in 10.90sec. The former Singapore Sports School student, who won bronze at the Asian Youth Games, only recently returned to competition after recovering from a hanstring injury, so it’s great to see him posting these times so soon upon his return.
It also reopens a fierce debate over Shahrir’s exclusion from the Youth Olympic Games squad.
Shahrir had lost out to Hwa Chong’s Donovan Chan and the Singapore Athletic Association had explained that it was because Donovan’s average times were faster than Shahrir’s.
But then again, that method of deciding the 100m spot was unfair as Shahrir had missed out on the first few competitions of the year because of his injury.
All we need now is for Shahrir to equal or go below his 10.90sec timing, and you can expect another SAA selection controversy to blow up. So let’s sit back and watch.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan