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Newsflash: Silver and bronze for Singapore at HK track meet

Singapore came away with a silver and a bronze from the Hong Kong Inter-City Athletics Championships over the weekend.

National long jumper Kenneth Wang Kan leapt 7.24m at the Wanchai Sports Ground to finish second in the men’slong jump, behind China’s Yang Kai who took the gold with 7.34m.

The 21-year-old national serviceman started off with a poor 6.86m before clearing 7.24m on his second leap. He then faulted o his third jump before recording a 7.11m on his fourth. He then faulted on his last two jumps.

Still, it looked like Kenneth,who has a personal best of 7.41m, would come away with the gold – until Yang Kai cleared 7.34m on his last jump. 

Meanwhile, national junior record holder Chia Chang Yi finished third in the men’s shot put final. The former Teck Whye Secondary thrower took the bronze with his 13.80m effort, which was 0.47m off his naional junior mark of 14.27m which he set in 2004.

Taiwan’s Chen Chia Hung took the gold with 15.44m while Hong Kong’s Chiu Lap San was second with 14.14m.

Meanwhile, national sprinter Calvin Kang wrapped up his preparations for this coming weekend’s IAAF World Junior Championships ( 12 – 13 July ) by winning the men’s 100m final in a slowish 10.73sec at a minor meet in Stuttgart, Germany, on 28 June.

The Stuttgart meet was Calvin’s second in three weeks as part of his month-long training stint in Germany in preparations for the world meet. The 17-year-old student, who holds the national junior record of 10.53sec, took part in the in the Boys’ U-20 100m at the Bahaus Junioren Gala 2008 on 21 June and finished fourth in 10.60sec.

Calvin will also be competing in next month’s Beijing Olympics as a wildcard entry in the 100m.

Things are also looking up for triple jumper Stefan Tseng, the only other Singapore competitor at the World Juniors. The 17-year-old national record holder (15.78m) had been trying to shrug off a niggling pain in his ankle for the past three weeks.   

He won a silver in the Boys U-20 triple jump at the Bahaus Junioren meet but it was achieved via a poor 15.20m, no thanks to the ankle injury which was sustained at the Asian Junior Championships.

Since then, Stefan has been undergoing medical treatment and light training. However, he was able to resume full training yesterday and showed no ill effects from his exertions.

The duo left for Bydgosczc, Poland yesterday, the venue for the World Juniors.

The Singapore Sports Fan wishes both athletes all the best and hope they will fly the Republic’s flag with pride and passion at the World Juniors.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

22 June: Newsflash – Calvin shows consistency, Stefan’s preparations take a small dent

20 June: Month-long German stint for World Juniors qualifiers Calvin and Stefan

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

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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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Newsflash: Calvin Cheng smashes national long jump mark at S’pore Juniors

Singapore Sports School graduate Calvin Cheng smashed two national long jump records in spectacular style at the 34th Singapore Junior Athetics Championships at Gombak Stadium this morning.

The lanky 18-year-old lad leapt a stunning 7.45m in his first of three jumps in the Boy’s U-20 event to shatter two national records: Matthew Goh’s national junior mark of 7.23m and Kenneth Wang Kan’s month-old national open record of 7.41m.

Most importantly though, Calvin’s feat will mark a new psychological breakthrough in the young athlete’s fledgling jumping career. It is no secret that the Auckland University of Technology student had been bogged down for a long time by the mental albatross of not being able to breach the 7m mark during competitions.

Although he was officialy credited with a personal best of 6.94m, Calvin was consistently able to clear 7m during traning. In fact, he even ceaed 7.5m once. Hwever, he was never able to replicate that sort of form during actual competition.

Ths, in turn, cost him dearly as it meant that he could not qualify for this year’s Asian Junior Athletics Championships and the World Junior Championships. He will be overaged by the time the next editions of these two competitions come around in 2010. It is also no secret that he has been left bitterly disappointed by this. 

But now he has not only broken the 7m psychological and phydical barrier, he is also just 0.03m shy of qualifying for a major competition in Singapore’s sporting calendar – the SEA Games, which is a must-compete milestone in every athlete’s wish-list ( Note: the qualifying standard for every Games is the bronze-medal winning time or distance of the previous Games. I 2007, Malaysia’s Mohd Suhaimi Mohd Syarul Amri won the long jump bronze in 7.48m )     

With just one leap, Calvin is now just three centimetres away from qualifyng for the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, a stunningly amazing feat for a teenager who only picked up the long jump four years ago when he was a student at St Joseph’s Institution.

In fact, Calvin was so stunned by his achievement this morning that he was not able to focus on his next two jumps. He subsequently cleared 7m and 6.9m.

The Singapore Sports Fan congratulates Calvin on his remarkable feat and hopes that this will be the first of many record-breaking feats to come in the near future.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

30 May – Newsflash: Four national records to go at Akira Swift Open?

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

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