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Newsflash: Sean Lim vaults his way to new national junior record

Talented young pole vaulter Sean Lim broke his third national record of the year today when he set a new national junior record during the Boys’ U-17 Pole Vault event at the 35th Singapore Junior Athletics Championships.

The 16-year-old Hwa Chong Institution student, who has already broken the National U-17  record twice this year – in April (when he cleared 4.36m at the 50th Schools National Track and Field Championships) and in May (when he soared 4.50m during the Singapore Athletic Association’s Pole Vault Series 3) – added another 11cm to his personal best with his 4.61m winning effort today.

It broke the National Junior record of 4.60m set by Solomon Tan in 2003.

After accomplishing his record-breaking feat in his first vault, Sean then set the bar at 4.67m in a valiant attempt to break the National Open record of 4.66m (by Mok Hay Foo, 1993). However, he did not manage to do so with his second vault.

Sean then raised the bar to 4.70m for his last two vaults but also did not manage to clear the bar. He will be gunning for the national record this weekend at the Swift Open.

Meanwhile, Nanyang Polytechnic student Akid Chong bettered the men’s National Open record of 59.22m (Ng Bock Huat, 1988) when he won the Boys U-20 Javelin event (800g) with his best effort of 60.47m.

However, I am given to understand that the 18-year-old’s effort will not be recognised as a national record as he is a Singapore permanent resident. Only Singapore citizens can be named as national record holders. 

It will, however, be a new meet record (old meet record: 53.62m by Huang Huaren in 1992). (Note from SSF: I do not know why Akid’s winning throw of 53.70m at last year’s SJAC was subsequently not listed as the meet record for this year’s competition even though it had surpassed Huang Huaren’s meet record of 53.62m)

Said Akid in an interview with yours truly:  “I have considered applying for citizenship before but I am not able to because both my parents are Malaysian. I’ll have to wait until I am 21. 

“Still, getting my distance recognised as the meet record is good enough. I hope to continue to help raise the standard of javelin throwing in Singapore.”

Akid’s perennial arch-rival Koh Thong En took the silver with his 55.19m effort.

However, as the Victoria Junior College student’s distance is further than Huang Huaren’s national junior mark of 53.62m, Thong En will be recognised as the new national junior record holder.

Four other new meet records were established today, three by jumpers from national jumps coach Valeri Obidko’s stable.

Stefan Tseng broke the Boys U-20 triple jump meet record of 14.21m (set by Tan Lee Ken in 1977) when he cleared 15.80m. However, he failed to secure his ticket to this year’s SEA Games in Laos. The national record holder (16.04m) needed to clear 16.o7m in order to qualify for Laos.

Likewise, Mariam Shazana set a new Girls U-20 triple jump meet record with her winning distance of 11.50m (old record: 11.19m by Pan Peiting) but failed to qualify for the IAAF World Youth Championships.

The 17-year-old, who holds the national record of 11.70m, needs to clear 12m in order to qualify for the Championships which will be held in Italy in July.

She has one more opportunity to do so – at next week’s SEA Junior Championships.    

Finally, Singapore Sports School student Nurshaishireen Mohd Rahim set a new meet record in the Girls U-17 triple jump when she cleared 11.05m. Her effort was a centimetre further than Gail Chia’s meet record of 11.04m set in 2006.

Javelin thrower Tan Zhi Hao of Hwa Chong Institution won the Boys U-17 event with his 53.18m effort and bettered the previous meet record of 51.48m. 

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

6 May 2009 – Newsflash: Pole vaulter Sean Lim breaks national U-17 mark again  

2 July 2008 – The SSF Interview: Akid looking to spear national mark next

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Newsflash: Koh Thong Eng wins first gold of the National Schools Track and Field C’ships

Victoria Junior College student Koh Thong En speared down the first gold of the National Schools Track and Field Championships this morning when he won the A Division Boys Javelin (700g) at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

The 18-year-old, who set a new national junior record of 54.14m in the javelin (800g) at last year’s Singapore Open, threw 57.23m today to retain his A Division crown comfortably. 

His winning distance was more than two metres ahead of nearest rival Adriel Goh (Hwa Chong Institution) who hurled 54.71m for the silver.

HCI’s Justin Lee took the bronze with his best effort of 54.29m.

Other results:

C Div Girls Javelin: 1st – Lucinda Ong (St Nicholas Girls) 23.01, 2nd –  Teo Jo Yee (Nanyang Girls) 22.93m, 3rd – Vanessa Chung (Cedar Girls) 22.49m

B Div Boys Long Jump: 1st – Syafiq Poh (Raffles Institution) 6.44m, 2nd – Vanzino Lee (ACS-I) 6.31m, 3rd – Yang Jieren (Victoria Schoo) 6.24m

B Div Girls Long Jump: 1st – Jessica Lee (CHIJ) 5.08m, 2nd – Lim Shuen (SNG) 5.04m, 3rd – Melissa Wu (CG) 4.85m

A Div Boys Long Jump: 1st – Joel Seow (Hwa Chong Institution) 6.71m, 2nd – Yvan Tseng (RI) 6.65m, 3rd – Lok Xinda (Victoria JC) 6.63m

C Div Boys Long Jump: 1st – Quah Lin Dang (Singapore Sports School)  5.95m, 2nd – Yusuff Abdul Rahman (St Joseph’s Institution) 5.94m, 3rd – Lemuel Low (RI) 5.74m


Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

5 August 2008: Thong En spears down national junior record

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Hakeem breaks Singapore’s oldest track record

The report:

This tiny report appeared in today’s edition of TODAY (17 Dec 2008) amid all the buzz that’s been generated over Singapore’s Suzuki Cup semi-final clash with Vietnam.

I’m reproducing it here for the benefit of those who may have missed it:

Hakeem breaks oldest national track record 


By Tan Yo-Hinn


SINGAPORE’S oldest national record in athletics has finally fallen.


Last night, hurdler Abdul Hakeem Abdul Halim re-wrote the 110m hurdles record when he clocked 14.45sec to clinch silver at the 14th Asean University Games (Dec 10-21) at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 21-year-old shaved 0.31s off the previous mark of 14.76s, set 42 years ago by Osman Merican at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok.


The race was won by Malaysia’s Robani Hassan (14.07), with Thailand’s Suriya Judasri taking the bronze (14.55).


Hakeem’s previous personal best was 14.77s set last year.


The 1.83 metre-tall 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games bronze medallist could feature at next year’s SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos. He still has some way to go to catch up with Malaysia’s Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian, who won the 110m hurdles at last year’s SEA Games in Korat, Thailand in a new Games record of 13.91s.

My thoughts:

My heartiest congratulations to Hakeem for breaking Singapore’s oldest track record.

I seriously can’t believe it’s been 42 years since Osman Merican first set the men’s 110m hurdles record – nor the fact that almost HALF A CENTURY had to pass before it was ever eclipsed.

But it was also good of the reporter – Tan Yo-Hinn – to put the achievement in context.

Hakeem may have brought the number of new national open and junior records that have been set this year to 19, and he may have brought the curtains down on what has been a pretty good year for Singapore athletics.

But the fact remains that his time was 0.38sec slower than eventual winner Robani Hassan of Malaysia.

Hakeem’s time is also about 0.56sec off the 13.91sec set by Malaysia’s Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian when he won the SEA Games gold last year. Incidentally, that time is a new Games record.

So the facts are clear for all to see:  while we rejoice at seeing new levels of excellence being set in Singapore athletics, our new standards – with the exception of Stefan Tseng in the triple jump – are not gold-winning material even at SEA Games level. 

My hope is that this new breakthrough will spur Hakeem on to greater heights (or times) in 2009. And I do hope to see him finishing among the medals at next year’s SEA Games.

After all, it will be a real treat to see a local talent winning something on the track for once instead of us always having to rely on foreign recruits to win medals in the throws, as has been the case these past few years.

To end, here’s the list of national open and junior records that have been broken so far this year, based on my research. I don’t claim that the list is comprehensive so if you think I may have missed out on any marks, please let me know and I will duly make the corrections.

National Open Records – 7

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. Men’s 110m Hurdles – 14.45sec by Abdul Hakeem Abdul Halim

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

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


National Junior Records – 12

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 Javelin – 54.14m by Koh Thong En

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

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

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

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

12. Women’s 100m – 12.23sec by Balpreet Kaur


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 12 new national junior marks so far this year. 


Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

24 June 2008 – Fields of gold: 14 national open and junior records and counting!

2 July -The SSF Interview: Akid looking to spear national mark next

6 July – And Balpreet makes it 15 (pity thate two others slipped away though)

5 Aug – Newsflash: Thong En spears down national junior record

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