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SEA Games: Matthew Goh breaks national long jump record; Singapore wins a billiards and two more table tennis golds

National long jumper and SEA Games rookie Matthew Goh may not have won a medal in his event today. In fact, he finished sixth.

But there must be no doubt that the 18-year-old Singapore Sports School graduate must have still come away from the long jump final feeling like a winner.

For despite finishing out of the medals, Matthew became the first member of the Singapore athletics contingent to break a national record at the Laos Games.

He cleared 7.62m to smash his existing record of 7.53m which he had set at the South-east Asia Junior Athletics Championships in June. The distance is also a new national junior record.

Matthew Goh in action during the South-east Asian Junior Championships in June. That was where he broke the national record for the first time. Picture courtesy of Mach Goh

Matthew’s record-breaking jump occured in the first of his six attempts.

However, he could not repeat or better the distance after that. He recorded a 7.50m on his second attempt and 7.41m on his fifth.

His third, fourth and sixth attempts were all fouls.

The event was eventually won by Thailand’s S. Sukhasvati who leapt the winning distance of 7.83m in his final jump of the day.

Triple jump bronze medallist Joebert Delicano of the Philippines was second with 7.74m while his compatriot Henry Dagmil  was third with 7.72m.

Another reason why national jumps coach Valeri Obidko was smiling at Matthew’s record-breaking feat was because his protege’s new national mark also means that the Russian has now guided his stable of jumpers to 20 new national records and 18 new national junior marks since his arrival in  Singapore in 2003.

“Very proud of Matthew, very happy for him because he has worked very hard this year,” said Obidko. “He deserves such a good ending to his year.”

Yes, I agree completely. Great stuff, Matthew, and my heartiest congratulations to you.

Meanwhile, Singapore won another gold in cuesports today, its second of the SEA Games. Former two-time world champion Peter Gilchrist, who became a Singapore citizen in 2006, defeated Myanmar’s Kway Oo in the English billiards singles final.

Singapore also won the men’s and womens singles – in the SEA Games table tennis competition today. Both finals were all-Singapore affairs.

Feng Tianwei defeated Wang Yuegu 4-1 in the women’s singles final while Gao Ning  rolled past Yang Zi by the same score in the men’s final.

The two victories means that Singapore has swept six of the seven gold medals at stake in the table tennis compettion. The one that got away was the men’s doubles crown after Gao Ning/Yang Zi and Cai Xiaoli/Pang Xuejie were beaten by Vietnamese opponents in the semi-finals.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Note: You can go to this link for a previous story on Matthew which appeared in The Straits Times in June.

Previous report:

6 June 2009 – Newsflash: Matthew Goh breaks national long jump record, qualifies for SEA Games

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SEA Games: Singapore wins six golds from swimming, table tennis, wushu, silat and shooting

Singapore swimmer Quah Ting Wen won her fourth and fifth gold medals at the SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos tonight, bringing the Republic’s golden haul in the pool to 12, and saling Singapore’s repuation as the regions top swimming country.

The 17-year-old Raffles Institution (Junior Colege) student, who had alredy won two relay golds and the 100m freestyle crown, dominated the women’s 200mfreestyle, easily swatting off the challenge of Malaysia’s Khoo Cai Lin to win in a new Games record time of 2min 00.57sec.

She then combined with Tao Li, Shana Lim and Roanne Ho to win the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

The quartet fought tooth and nail with the Malaysian team of Chui Lai Kwan, Marilyn Neo, Siow Yi Ting and Khoo Cai Lin in the early stages, and even trailed their arch-rivals by a body length at the end of the breaststroke leg.

But Tao Li’s powerful performance in the buterfly leg reasserted Singapore’s lead and gave Singapore a two-bodylength headstart when Ting Wen plunged in for the final freestyle leg.

The swimmer was left to battle the clock and eventually emerged triumphant as she helped to slice off two seconds off the four-month-old national record of 4:12.35 which was set at the World Swimming Championships in Rome in August.

The result means that Singapore has won five of the six relays in the swimming competition so far. The final relay, the men’s 4x100m medley, will be held tomorrow.

Singapore’s paddlers also delivered a gold today as Yang Zi and Wang Yuegu beat Feng Tianwei and Gao Ning 3-2 in the mixed doubles final in an all-Singapore encounter.

But the Singapore Table Tennis Association will not be able to repeat Singapore’s sweep of seven SEA Games gold medals this time as both of their men’s doubles pairings crashed out in the semi-finals to Vietnamese opponents.

Gao Ning and Yang Zi lost 7-11, 6-11, 12-10, 6-11, while Cai Xioali and Pang Xue Jie lost 6-11, 9-11, 6-11 in the other semi-final.

Singapore also won a gold each in wushu and silat today.

On the first day of the wushu competition, the women’s dulian trio of Koh Poh Chin, Tao Yijun and Tay Yujian won with a total score of 9.46 points, narrowly edging out joint-silver medalists Vietnam and Brunei by just 0.01.

In silat, 2009 Asian Indoor Games champion Rabiatul Adawiyah added the SEA Games crown to her resume when she topped the women’s artistic singles event.

Finally, Singapore’s shooters surpassed their target of four gold medals when they won their fifth of the Games today.

Jasmine Ser claimed that honour when she defeated Thailand’s Majchacheep Sununta in a shoot-off in the women’s 50-metre rifle three positions.  The pair had earier finished the main competition with the same record-breaking score of 677.60. Jasmine then scored 10 in the shoot-off while Majchacheep scored 9.1.

Singapore Sports School student Aqilah Sudhir got the bronze with 675.20.

The funny thing about Jasmine’s achievement was that she didn’t even know that her shoot-off was for the gold. She thought she was battling for the bronze! Which explains the stunned look on her face when she learnt that she had won the gold instead.

In athletics, Amirudin Jamal and Poh Seng Song flew Singapore’s flag in the 100m finals. Amriduin eventually finished fourth in 10.62sec, just 0.01sec slower than bronze medalist Fadlin of Indonesia. Poh was fifth in 10.70sec

The gold went to Indonesia’s Suryo Agung Wibowo in a new SEA Games time of 10.17 seconds.

Triple jumper Stefan Tseng finished fourth in the event after initially leading the pack. But in the end, his best effort of 16.04m was not enough for a podium finish. Thailand’s Theerayut Philakong won with 16.51m while his compatriot Varunyoo Kongnil took the silver with 16.29m. Joebert Delicano of the Philippines was third with 16.12m.

SEA Games debutant Teo Hui Juen finished fifth in the women’s javelin but her 43.29m was a new personal best.

Singapore is currently third in the medal tally with 24 golds. Thailand leads with 29 while Vietnam is second with 25 golds.

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Newsflash: Jasmine Yeong-Nathan is Sportswoman of the Year

National bowler Jasmine Yeong-Nathan has been named Singapore’s Sportswoman of the Year.

The 20-year-old, who created history last year when she became the first Singaporean ever to win the AMF World Cup, was voted the winner by a Sports Awards judging panel.

The other contenders for the award were paddler Li Jiawei, who finished fourth in the women’s singles at the Beijing Olympics and swimmer Tao Li, who became the first Singaporea swimmer to qualify for an Olympic final and also broke the Asian 100m butterfly mark en route to her fifth-placed finish in the final.

According to a report on Newsradio 93.8FM, Yeong-Nathan won the award by seven votes to four.

The Singapore Polytechnic student was in devastating form at the 44th QubicAMF World Cup in Mexico. She not only racked up a perfect game there but also destroyed defending champion Ann-Maree Putney of Australia 263-222, 298-215 in the final.

Prior to Yeong-Nathan’s World Cup win, Singapore’s best finish in the tournament were Henry Tan and Remy Ong’s silvers in the men’s finals in 1970 and 2002 respectively.

But the Sports Awards also had several twists this year.

The panel decided there were no worthy winners this year for the Sportsman and Coach of the Year Awards.

This is the first time in the 42-year history of the Awards that there is no winner for the Sportsman Award. Bowler Remy ONg was one of the nominees. It is not known who were the other nominees.

Two known nominees for the Coach of the Year Award were national bowling Mervyn Foo, who is one of Jasmine Yeong-Nathan’s coaches, and Australian swimming coach Peter Churchill, who coaches Tao Li. 

In another twist, Singapore National Olympic Council president Teo Chee Hean told Channel News Asia that table-tennis coach Liu Guodong would have easily won the Coach of the Year Award if the Singapore Table Tennis Association had nominated him.

Liu led the women’s national team to a silver at the Olympics but the achievement was subsequently clouded by shocking revelations that he had neglected the men’s squad’s preparations for the Olympics.

In fact, the men were often used as sparring partners for the women, said male paddler Gao Ning in subsequent media interviews. Nor did they not enjoy the same resources or priviliges as the women in the run-up to and during the Games.

Liu was chastised publicly by new STTA president Lee Bee Wah who hinted that his sevices might not be retained.

He eventually resigned from the STTA after expressing disgust at a new contract that he was offered, saying the terms were an insult to him.

But when contacted yesterday, Lee stood her ground and defended her association’s decision not to nominate Liu. “Coach of the Year must be naturally well-respected by all the players of the team,” she said.  

 Bowler Jazreel Tan won the Sportsgirl of the Year Award while the Sportsboy Award went to wushu exponent Yong Yixiang.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan  

Related links:

15 November 2008 – Newsflash: Jasmine is Singapore’s first AMF World Cup champion

20 March 2009 – Right move by the STTA not to nominate Liu for Coach of the Year Award

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