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Another national open record broken at National Schools T&F C’ships

First, it was Chan Sheng Yao of Hwa Chong Institution.

Yesterday, Lynette Lim of Cedar Girls Secondary School became the second student-athlete to set a national open record at the ongoing National Schools Track and Field Championships.

The 16-year-old Secondary Four student leapt 11.79m in the Girls B Division triple jump to break Mariam Shazana’s existing mark of 11.73m set in 2009. Here’s the report:


Great leaps forward by Cedar girls (TODAY Online, 10 April 2013)

By Charles Ong

SINGAPORE — Two Cedar Girls’ Secondary students stole the limelight at yesterday’s National Inter-School Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium with their record-breaking performances.

Secondary Two student Low Seow Ting provided the appetiser in the morning session when she jumped 1.60m in the Girls “C” Division high jump to break her own championship record of 1.55m set during last year’s meet. Schoolmate Fatimah Zahra was second (1.40m) while Jezebel Koh of the Singapore Sports School was third (1.40m)

Cedar’s Sec 4 student Lynette Lim then served up the dish of the day in the afternoon by breaking both a championship record and a national open mark.

With a hop, skip and a jump, the 16-year-old rewrote the Girls “B” Division triple jump record of 11.56m as well as the national open mark of 11.73m when she flew across the sand pit to clock a distance of 11.79m.

Both records were previously set by Mariam Shazana — the former in 2008 and the latter in 2009. Wong Sumae of Nanyang Girls High School was second (11.27m) while Cedar’s Anissa Sharmaine Jefri Schmitt was third (11.13m).

Lynette’s achievement is the second national open record set at this year’s championships. Pole vaulter Chan Sheng Yao broke the national mark during the Boys’ “A” Division competition last Friday.

What is even more stunning about Lynette’s feat is that she only started training in the jumps less than three years ago. Back then, she had dreams of being a sprinter, but her coach John Sweem saw her potential in jumps and persuaded her to make the switch in July 2010.

In fact, Sweem was hardly surprised when Lynette broke the national mark yesterday.

“She is very powerful and springs off from the board very well,” he said.

I was planning for her to break the record at this year’s meet as she has consistently shown she could hit 11.50m — what she needed was just the extra push from her competitors.

“With her potential, she can easily go above 12m in the next few years. Hopefully, she can qualify for the Youth Olympic Games next year.”


If memory serves me right, this is the first time that two national open records have come a-crashing at the annual schools championship.

Last Friday, Sheng Yao also entered his name in the national record books when he broke Sean Lim’s pole-vault record of 4.81m with his 4.82m effort in the Boys A Div competition.

According to Lynette’s coach, John Sweem, she has the ability to clear 12m in the next few years. That will be exciting to watch, and let’s hope it happens.

Cedar Girls also had another student  entering her name in the record books. Low Seow Ting cleared 1.60m in the C Div high jump to rewrite her record of 1.55m which she had set last year.

My heartiest congratulations to Lynette and Seow Ting. Fingers crossed that there will be more exciting things to come in the remaining days of competition at the National Schools Championships.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan



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Four new records set at National Schools Track and Field Championships, and a new jumping star in the making emerges

I am sure that junior hurdling talent Goh Wei Ning must be wondering what she must do to clock a sub-15sec timing in the 100m hurdles.

This morning,  in the 100m hurdles heats,  the 15-year-old Singapore Sports School student broke the B Girls record of 15.18sec set by Inez Leong last year. However, she missed out on a sub-15sec timing for the third time this year.

How close was she this time? Really close.

She breasted the tape at 15sec flat.

A part of me feels a little sorry for this determined and spirited young lady. But another part of me cannot help marvelling at the steady progress she has been making in the past four months.

In February, she clocked 15.13sec to set a new national U-17 mark. Then, in March, she clocked 15.01sec at the Singapore Athletic Association’s 3rd All-Comers meet. And now this.

If you ignore that earnest wish to clock a sub-15sec timing, it means that she has achieved the incredible feat of breaking a national U-17 mark thrice in three months. Now, how’s that for sheer talent and consistency.

Wei Ning will be giving it another go in her final tomorrow. I just hope she doesn’t stress herself out and give herself too much undue pressure.

Relax, my dear girl, for at the rate you’re going, it’s just a matter of time before it  eventually comes. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Today’s National Schools Championships also saw three other records being broken.

Katong Convent’s Jannah Wong, another up-and-coming junior hurdler, emerged as a possible future challenger to Wei Ning when she cracked the C Girls 80m hudles mark. She clocked 12.44sec in her heat to erase the prevailing mark of 12,52sec, which, you guessed it, was set by Wei Ning in 2008.

She too has a chance to lower that time further in tomorrow’s final. After all, she did clock 12.37sec at the recent Singapore Juniors. Fantastic stuff.

The C Girls triple jump also unveiled a new star in the making in the form of Sakinah Muslimah.

The Singapore Sports School student leapt 11.32m to smash the existing record of  11.11m set by Nurul Jannah in 2006. That’s a huge difference of 21cm.

Interestingly, current national open record holder Mariam Shazana (11.66m) was jumping around 11.36m when she was 14, the same age as Sakinah now.

But according to national jumps coach Valeri Obidko, Sakinah has the ability to clear between 11.5 to 11.7m NOW.

Mariam set her latest record just last year when she was 18. That Sakinah, at 14, is capable of clearing 11.5m to 11.7m now, means that she is definitely one to keep a close watch on from now on.

The fourth record of the day went to Zachary Devaraj who set a new mark in the B Boys 800m. The Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student clocked 1min 57.34sec to break 14-year-old mark of 1:58.38.

My heartiest congratulations to all of today’s record-breakers. Keep up the great work.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Wei Ning breaks national U-17 hurdles record again, rejuvenated Jannah leaps to new PB in triple jump

The report:

This report appeared in The Straits Times:


Youth hurdler upset over crash despite new mark

(The Straits Times, 01 Mar 2010)

RISING talent Goh Wei Ning continued her fine start to her competitive season, when she broke the national girls’ Under-17 100m hurdles record for the second time in a month on Saturday.

The Singapore Sports School student clocked 15.01sec in the Women’s U-18 final at the Singapore Athletic Association’s (SAA’s) 3rd All-Comers Meet at Gombak Stadium. She sliced 0.12sec off her national mark of 15.13sec.

But instead of celebrating, the 15-year-old cried after the event. She was upset that she had crashed into the eighth hurdle again during the race – just like how she did when she first broke the record on Feb 7 at the 2nd All-Comers.

It dashed her hopes of going under the 15sec mark for the first time.

“I am upset because I knew I could do a sub-15sec time. That would have been a huge boost,” said Wei Ning, who is aiming to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

To do so, she must clock at least 14.5sec by May. Although the YOG’s qualifying time for her event is 13.82sec, the SAA will nominate an athlete if her time is just off the qualifying standard.

Meanwhile, Nurul Jannah, 18, missed the national women’s triple jump record by a whisker yesterday. She leaped 11.69m, just shy of Mariam Shazana’s national mark of 11.73m. However, it bettered her personal best by 27cm.

“I was stunned as it was my first triple jump competition in 18 months,” said Nurul, who had been advised by national coach Valeri Obidko in late 2008 to focus on the long jump because of her back problems.

“I started training for the triple jump again in January. I think the break did me a lot of good because I feel fresher and more motivated.”




My thoughts:

Firstly, my heartiest congratulations to Wei Ning for breaking the National Under-17 Girls 100m hurdles mark again. This means she has done it twice in three weeks. Great stuff, young lady!

Truly she is emerging as a potential top hurdler, and this can only be good news for Singapore athletics as a whole as it now means that national record holder Dipna Lim-Prasad (who holds the record of 14.94sec) can look forward to having an emerging rival to fend off and push her to better times. And vice-versa, of course.

I must say that I am a little concerned at the pressure that Wei Ning seems to be piling upon herself in her bid to qualify for the Youth Olympics.

Yes, she will need to work very hard to try to meet the 14.5sec timing (or thereabouts) that will enable the Singapore Athletic Association to nominate her for the YOG, and yes, doing a sub-15sec timing on Saturday would have given her a major boost in confidence going into this month’s National Junior Championships.

But I hope she doesn’t pressure herself too much, and I do hope her coach, Viatcheslav Vassilieve, and the people at the Sports School will help to calm her down and pull her from the brink.

Nurul Jannah’s new personla best in the women’s triple jump was also a pleasant surprise as I had thought the 18-year-old had given up the discipline for good to focus on the long jump.

In the initial years, it looked as though she was never going to beat Mariam Shazana in the triple jump, yet she also had quite an indifferent – or poor, if you want to be brutally frank  – year in the long jump last year. As such, I have to admit that I had my concerns, and wondered if she might end up discouraged and  throw in the towel.

But wallah! Her new personal best showed that there’s still a lot of life left in her. A new lease of life, in fact, for it seems that her 18-month absence from the triple jump has enabled her to grow as well as recharge her batteries.

It would be very fun to watch the battle in the sand-pit between Nurul and her good friend Mariam. And hopefully, it means that we will see a string of new records being set in the triple jump this year.

Great job, Nurul. Here’s wishing you a good 2010 in the sand pits.

Yours in sports

Singapore Sports Fan

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