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Newsflash: Thrower Scott Wong breaks James Wong’s 21-year record at Asean Schools C’ships

Up-and-coming thrower Scott Wong continued his amazing record-breaking form this season when he broke a 21-year-old national discus (1.5kg) record set by the legendary James Wong at the recent Asean Schools Track and Field Championships in Da Nang, Vietnam.

The 18-year-old Hwa Chong Institution student hurled 53.88m to break the Asean Schools record of 52.11m set by Thailand’s Sathaporn Japorn en route to winning the event.

The winning distance also bettered James Wong’s national schools record of 53.84m, which was also set in 1987.

James Wong is Singapore’s most well-known thrower. The 2003 Sportsman of the Year was a seven-time South-east Asian Games discus champion before he finally retired in 2005. 

The discus was one of two golds that Scott won at the Asean Schools Championships. He also took the shot put (5kg) title when he flung 16.56m.

In fact, Scott’s triumphs were the only two golds that Singapore won at the Asean meet. It also won a silver throug Wayne Yap in the high jump (1.95m) and three bronzes.

One bronze came from Scott’s Hwa Chong schoolmate Alan Teh in the discus. Singapore also won two 4x400m relay bronzes. The boys relay team was made up of Tee Yujin, Brandon Ng, Leong Yuan Chan and Ong Chin Hwee. The girls team comprised of Lim Shanru, Joanna Chng, T. Piriyah and Fiona Ng.

The three-day Championships, which attracted 182 athletes from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Brunei and Singapore, was won by the host country which came away with 13 golds. Thailand was second with 12 while Indonesia was a distant third wih three golds.

Scott’s two records adds to his collection of seven records so far this year. This means the protege of throws coach Guo Huaiyun has now set a total of nine records in the two disciplines so far this year.

He set a new national junior record in the shot put (6kg) when he threw 14.88m in March to break Chia Chang Yi’s 2004 record of 14.27m.

A month later, he set a new national junior mark in the discus as well with his distance of 49.60m. That broke James Wong’s record of 47.98m which had been standing unsurpassed since 1987. 

At the Singapore Junior Athletics Championships, Scott set two championship records.

His distance of 48m in the Boys U-20 Discus (1.75kg) obliterated Huang Weijie’s 39.17m mark set in 2006. He then wiped out Chia Chang Yi’s 14.27m mark in the Boys U20 shot put (6kg) with his 14.70m effort.

Finally, Scott set three records at the 49th National Schols Track and Field Championships. He won the Boys A Division discus gold with his record-breaking 52.94m effort. He also set a new A Division record in the shot put (5kg) when he threw 16.79m. The A Division mark is also a new National Schools record.

The Singapore Sports Fan congratulates Scott for his achievements at Da Nang and stands in awe of the record-breaking run that hehas embarked on this year. Here’s hoping that we can see him in action for Singapore at next year’s SEA Games.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsflash: 11 records in one day at National Schools C’ships

An amazing 11 records went a-crashing at the 49th National Schools Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium today as long-time observers of the annual competition were left rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

According to these long-time observers who are veteran teachers and coaches, this is the first time that so many school marks were shattered on the same day – the sixth day of the eight-day long Championships.

What was even more remarkable was the fact that ALL the records in three events were broken in one afternoon, namely the Boys A, B and C Division 400m marks, the Girls A, B and C Division 400m records and the Girls A, B and C Division hurdles records.

That’s not all – a new national Girls U-17 400m record was also set. 

Day Six of the Championships had started off tamely in the morning with two records being broken. Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) got the ball rolling by breaking the Boys C Div 4x400m relay record in the heats.

The school, a traditional athletics powerhouse, clocked 3min 38.29sec to squeeze out the Singapore Sports School’s prevailing mark of 3min 38.92sec which was set in 2006.

Hwa Chong Institution’s Cai Jiashen then brought the curtain down on the morning’s programme in style by setting a new record in the B Division Boys shot put final. He hurled the iron ball 15.74m to break Chia Chang Yi’s 2002 record of 15.53m.

Even then, the two records were no indication of the tidal wave of record-breaking feats that was to come in the afternoon. Not only that. The new marks came in such quick succession that the spectators and coaches watching from the stands of the Choa Chu Kang Stadium were simply left agog.

Hwa Chong Institution’s Amanda Tan led the charge when she ran and leapt her way to victory in the Girls A Division 100m hurdles final. She clocked 15.47sec to break the 15.80sec record she had set in the heats on Thursday.

Singapore Sports School’s Noreen Herman then cracked the B Division 100m hurdles record when she breasted the tape in 15.35sec, shaving 0.07sec off the record 15.42sec set by Inez Leong of St Nicholas Girls barely 24 hours earlier.

Noreen’s school and training mate, Goh Weining, then made it a double for the Sports School when she won the Girls C Division 80m hurdles in 12.52sec, breaking Inze Leong’s 2007 record of 12.70sec.

The bloodbath continued in the next three events as all the records in the Girls 400m were just as mercilessly massacred. National Junior College’s Shalom See broke the A Girls record of 58.70sec  when she romped home in 58.65sec but it was the following race which was to become the most talked-about of the lot.

Singapore Sports School runner T. Piriyah, after living for so long in the shadows of more-established contemporaries such as Dipna Lim Prasad and Valerie Pereira,  finally announced her arrival as a future star to watch with a scintillating performance in the B Division Girls 400m final.

The Secondary Four student finished in 57.11sec, three seconds ahead of her nearest rival, to clock not just a new B Division record (old rec: 58.68sec by Dipna Prasad in 2007) but also a new national girls U-17 record.

Her winning time shattered Valerie Pereira’s three-year-old  U-17 record of 58.03sec, making Piriyah the first person to set a national age-group record at this year’s Championships.

It is also her second schools record of the Championships. She had previously set a new record of 66.05sec in the heats of the Girls B Division 400m hurdles on Tuesday. 

Clara Poon of Cedar Girls School then made it a collective hat-trick of 400m records when she won her C Division final in 60.48sec, breaking Dipna Lim’s three-year mark of 60.98sec.

After rubbing their eyes in disbelief, the spectators at Choa Chu Kang were left wondering whether any more records would be broken in the remaining nine events. They didn’t need to wonder for too long.

The final three records of the afternoon came in the next three events – the Boys A, B and C Division 400m finals.

Nineteen-year-old Millennia Institute student Shalindran Sathiyanesan became the toast of his school when he recorded a new personal best of 49.35sec to break the A Division record of 49.39sec (Muhd Firdaus Juhari, 2002). The fact that Shalindran had only set his previous personal best (50.20sec) at the Akira Swift Open in June is a clear sign that the teenager’s running career is on the rise.

Shalindran’s performance must also have inspired Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)’s Ng Chin Hui as the latter raced home in 51. 97sec in the next race to erase Jamie Ross Coates’ record of 52.42sec.

That, in turn, must have been a huge source of motivation for Singapore Sports School student Jamie.

Annoyed at seeing his name wiped off the record books, the 16-year-old English teenager turned in a fantastic performance in the B Division final as he crossed the line in 49.75sec to break Vernon Vijayan’s 2000 record of 50.21sec and to set the 11th and final record of the afternoon.

Today’s results mean that, to date, 17 schools records have already been broken since the annual championships started on 3 July. The other six new marks are:

i. Boys A Div shot put – Scott Wong (Hwa Chong Institution), 16.79m (OR: 16.28m, Scott Wong, 2007)

ii. Boys C Div 100m hurdles – Sean Toh (Victoria School), 13.93sec (OR: 14.20sec, Muhammad Nazri Ishak, 2005)

iii. Girls A Div javelin – Tan Xin Yin (HCI), 41.87m (OR: 41.20m, Xie Yu Ru, 1989)

iv. Girls B Div 400m hurdles – T. Piriyah (Singapore Sports School), 66.05sec (OR: 66.99, Dipna Lim Prasad, 2007)

v. Girls B Div triple jump – Mariam Shazana (Singapore Sports School), 11.56m (OR: 11.28m, Tai Xiao Hui, 2004)

vi. Girls C Div discus – Chan Zhi Xuan (Cedar Girls) 31.76m  (OR: Wan Lay Chi, 30.21m, 2002)

For more detailed results, please see www.rjcat.com.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Fields of gold: 16 new national open and junior records and counting!

The report:

This came out as a sports brief in The Straits Times yesterday (23 June 2008 ) so I’m just reproducing it here for those who may have missed it:

SPORTS WORLD (The Straits Times, 23 June 2008 )

 

Akid rewrites javelin mark

 

NANYANG Polytechnic student Akid Chong set a new national junior javelin record at the 34th Singapore Junior Athletics Championships yesterday.

 

He threw 53.70 metres to win the Under-20 final at the Gombak Stadium and eclipse the previous mark of 53.62m set by Huang Huaren in 1992.

 

Hwa Chong Institution (High School) pole vaulter Sean Lim leapt 4.16m to break Jacob Yao’s Under-17 mark of 4.10m set last year.

 

 

My thoughts:

 

Great to learn that another national junior record was broken over the weekend, this time at the 34th Singapore Juniors. Heartiest congratulations to Akid Chong for his new national junior javelin mark.

 

Here’s a shout-out too to pole vaulter Sean Lim. Here’s hoping he will eventually break the national junior record (4.60m by Solomon Tan in 2003 ) and that the national open record will follow soon after (4.66m by Mok Hay Foo, 1993 ) soon after.

 

Just thought I’d provide a service to all followers of the local athletics scene by listing out all the national Open and national junior records that have been broken this year to date. As mentioned before, it’s a pretty impressive haul. More significantly, it’s continuing to grow.

 

Here’s the list to date:

 

National Open Records – 6

1. Men’s Triple Jump – 15.71m by Stefan Tseng*

2. Men’s Triple Jump – 15.78m by Stefan Tseng*

3. Men’s Long Jump – 7.41m by Kenneth Wang Kan

4. Men’s Long Jump – 7.45m by Calvin Cheng

5. Women’s Pole Vault – 3.60m by Rachel Yang

6. Women’s Triple Jump – 11.66m by Mariam Shazana*

 

National Junior Records – 10

1. Men’s Triple Jump – 15.71m by Stefan Tseng*

2. Men’s Triple Jump – 15.78m by Stefan Tseng* 

3. Men’s Long Jump – 7.22m by Matthew Goh

4. Men’s Long Jump – 7.23m by Matthew Goh

5. Men’s Long Jump – 7.45m by Calvin Cheng

6. Men’s Javelin – 53.70m by Akid Chong

7. Men’s 100m – 10.53sec by Calvin Kang

8. Men’s Discus (1.75kg) – 49.60m by Scott Wong

9. Men’s Shot Put (6kg) – 14.88m by Scott Wong

10. Women’s Triple Jump – 11.66m by Mariam Shazana*

 

Note: Stefan and Mariam also broke the national and national junior records (15.71m and 11.63m respectively) at the British Age-Group Indoor Championships in February. But those marks are not recognised by the SAA as they occured indoors. If they had been, then we would be looking at a total of 8 new national open marks and 10 new national junior marks so far this year. 

 

Have I missed out on any other records? If so, please let me know either by dropping me a comment or sending me a mail at sporesportsfan@yahoo.com.sg. Thanks. Your help will go a long way in helping me to maintain the accuracy of the statistics.

 

What’s also significant is that most of the records, save for the 100m national junior record, are coming from field events. This suggests one thing to me: that perhaps this, and not the track events, is Singapore’s niche area, and that the SAA should strongly consider spending more time and pouring more resources into.

 

That was just what Teck Whye Secondary did in the late 1990s. It realised that it did not have any runners so it focused on training its students in the throws.

 

And it was a smart move that paid off handsomely because the school would consistently finish in the top five in the overall standings at the National Schools Track and Field Championships with its golds in the throws, and without a single track win! (Amazing, their throws coach, Choo Chee Kiong wasn’t even a trained throws coach in the first place – he was a former youth gymnast!)

 

And today, Teck Whye alumni Wan Lay Chi (shot put and discus) and Chia Chiangyi (shot put) are now national junior record holders of their respective disciplines.

 

It’s also great to see old-time national records being wiped off the slate.

 

If you look at the list of national open and junior marks, you can see that there are some records that are still around from the 1960s, 1970s and early 80s. Clearly, standards have, up to the new millenium, either stagnated or plummeted over the years, leaving us with in a very embarrassing situation.

 

I mean, doesn’t anyone feel shy that Osman Merican’s 110m national record of 14.76sec, which was set in 1966, is still the standard to beat in Singapore athletics today?

 

That is why I am always puzzled when newspapers ask former athletes whether they feel sad that their long-standing records have been broken. Why should they feel sad? They should be naturally happy that someone has breached the mark because it means that Singapore athletics has taken a step forward.

 

Likewise, I was a little disturbed by what Kenneth Wang Kan supposedly said in the report in The Sunday Times (22 June 2008 ) on Calvin Cheng breaking the men’s long jump record. This is the excerpt from the report on Kenneth’s reaction:

 

Wang, who was not at the competition, heard of the record and subsequent versions of the judging process.

 

…The 21-year-old full-time national serviceman then rushed to the stadium to seek clarification from observers and officials at the pit.

 

After speaking with the Field Referee, Wang said: ‘I am still puzzled by the judging process. The announcement of the jump’s distance had already been made, so how could the performance mark be changed just because of some protests?  I feel the judging was done in an unfair and unjust way.’

 

He has lodged an appeal with the Singapore Athletic Association 

 

Why lodge an appeal? After all, the SAAA, through its vice-president Loh Lin Yeow, had already declared the new distance as official.

 

Honestly, it would have really been better if Kenneth had expressed happiness that his training mate had broken his record and had said that he looked forward to the new challenge of getting his name back into the record books by the end of the year.

 

Here’s to more national records being broken and to athletes spurring and encouraging their training mates onto greater heights, longer distances and better times.

 

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

 

Related links:

 

21 June – Newsflash: Calvin Cheng smashes national long jump mark at Singapore Juniors

14 June – Newsflash: Stefan shatters national jumps record at Asian Juniors

13 June – Newsflash: Calvin Kang rewrites national junior 100m mark

11 June – Rachel vaults to a new high

21 May – Dawn of a new era in Singapore athletics?

 

 

 

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