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Newsbreak: Sean Lim breaks five pole vault records – including national open mark – in one day

Rising pole vault talent Sean Lim was undoubtedly the star of the National Schools Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Monday.

The 17-year-old Hwa Chong Institution student, who is coached by David Yeo,  realised one of his biggest dreams when he broke Mok Hay Foo’s 18-year-old national pole vault record of 4.66m with his stupendous efforts yesterday.

Sean first broke Mok’s record with his effort of 4.69m, and then proceeded to completely destroy that new national mark subsequently with a stunning 4.80m effort.

And in so doing, he set not one, not two but five records. Apart from setting a new national open record as well as a national junior record, Sean’s height is also a new national under-19 mark, a new schools national record as well as a championship mark.

It was quite simply, a brilliant performance from the young man who must now most certainly be a medal contender at this November’s SEA Games in Indonesia.  He had qualified for the Palembang Games by clearing 4.50m at the National Junior Championships and the silver medal winning height at the 2009 SEA Games was 5 metres.

My heartiest congratulations to Sean for his fantastic achievement. He had a quiet year last year because of injuries so it is great to see him bouncing back with such a vengeance.

My congratulations too to Chan Sheng Yao, also of Hwa Chong Institution, who set a new pole vault championship record in the Boys B Division final. He cleared 4.38m to erase Sean’s record of 4.36m set in 2009.

A shout out too to Seow Yeong Yang of Raffles Institution for equalling the A Boys 400m record of 49.35sec in the semi-finals today, which was set by Shalindran Sathiyanesan of Milennia Institute in 2008

I hope this will spur him on to go one better and break the record in the final on Wednesday morning.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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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: Pole vaulter Sean Lim breaks national U-17 mark again

Rising young pole-vaulting talent Sean Lim has done it again.

The 16-year-old Hwa Chong Institution broke the National Under-17 record for the second time in three weeks when he cleared 4.50 metres at the Singapore Athletic Association’s Pole Vault Series 3 on Sunday.

The height surpasses the 4.36-metre record which he set at the 50th Schools National Track and Field Championships on 16 April.

The new record also means that Sean has realised his dream of competing at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Italy in July as his 4.50m-effort is the qualifying mark for the meet.

But the way Sean achieved his new record on Sunday was a stark contrast to how he had broken the record at the Schools National Finals.

He achieved it on his very first attempt whereas his previous 4.36m record was only achieved on his final attempt.

The moment the record was broken on Sunday, Sean felt a huge load of pressure lifted off his shoulders.

Confidence surging through his veins, he proceeded to set the bar at 4.67m in an attempt to break the national open record of 4.66m set by Mok  Hay Foo in 1993.

And guess what? He almost did it on his second last vault – he cleared the bar… only to hit it on the way down.

But even though Sean did not succeed in breaking the national open mark this time, there is the strong possibility that the mark may not survive the end of May.

For his next competition will be the National Junior Championships which will be held from 30-31 May, and judging from the steady progress that the teenager has been making, one would be a fool to bet against him setting a new Open benchmark by then.

The Singapore Spots Fan congratulates Sean on his latest achievement and keeps his fingers crossed that the young man will continue to soar to new heights this year.  

Yours in sport

 Singapore Sports Fan

 Related links:

17 April 2009 – Newsflash: Pole vaulter Sean Lim breaks first record of National Schools Track and Field Championships  

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