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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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Newsbreak: Sean Lim breaks five pole vault records – including national open mark – in one day

Rising pole vault talent Sean Lim was undoubtedly the star of the National Schools Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Monday.

The 17-year-old Hwa Chong Institution student, who is coached by David Yeo,  realised one of his biggest dreams when he broke Mok Hay Foo’s 18-year-old national pole vault record of 4.66m with his stupendous efforts yesterday.

Sean first broke Mok’s record with his effort of 4.69m, and then proceeded to completely destroy that new national mark subsequently with a stunning 4.80m effort.

And in so doing, he set not one, not two but five records. Apart from setting a new national open record as well as a national junior record, Sean’s height is also a new national under-19 mark, a new schools national record as well as a championship mark.

It was quite simply, a brilliant performance from the young man who must now most certainly be a medal contender at this November’s SEA Games in Indonesia.  He had qualified for the Palembang Games by clearing 4.50m at the National Junior Championships and the silver medal winning height at the 2009 SEA Games was 5 metres.

My heartiest congratulations to Sean for his fantastic achievement. He had a quiet year last year because of injuries so it is great to see him bouncing back with such a vengeance.

My congratulations too to Chan Sheng Yao, also of Hwa Chong Institution, who set a new pole vault championship record in the Boys B Division final. He cleared 4.38m to erase Sean’s record of 4.36m set in 2009.

A shout out too to Seow Yeong Yang of Raffles Institution for equalling the A Boys 400m record of 49.35sec in the semi-finals today, which was set by Shalindran Sathiyanesan of Milennia Institute in 2008

I hope this will spur him on to go one better and break the record in the final on Wednesday morning.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Hwa Chong’s Sheng Yao cracks C Boys pole vault record easily; Shahrir clocks 10.90sec in A Boys 100m semis

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

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