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Zubin and Joshua in record-breaking form in 400m events

Anglo-Chinese Junior College’s Zubin Percy Mucherji signed off on his final appearance at the National Schools Track and Field Championships in style on Friday afternoon when he sprinted to victory in the A Division Boys 400m final, finishing ahead of Raffles Institution’s Calvin Quek and National JC’s Koo Kai Siang.

The 17-year-old, who won the same event in 49.39sec last year, clocked an improved 48.69sec to also set two new records – the championship record as well as the Schools National record. Both records (48.81) were set by Ng Chin Hui in 2012.

I assume Zubin will be serving his national service next year. He is a bright talent and  do hope that he plans to continue training during NS wherever and whenever possible, and that he will go on to represent Singapore at the SEA Games one day. The current top-three times in the event at the SEA Games (2013) are 47.22, 47.45 and 47.78. Zubin’s timing is less than a second off, and he’s only 18 this year which suggests to me that he has the potential to go further. So I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Another 400m championship record was broken today – in the C Div Boys 400m. Anglo-Chinese School Independent student Joshua Lim was just too strong for his rivals, sprinting home in 51.65sec. He not only broke Chin Hui’s record of 51.97 but was also more than three seconds ahead of nearest rival Darius Ng of Hwa Chong Institution (55.15).

In fact, to the crowd at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium today, it looked like the real battle was between Darius and HCI teammate Irving Alexander De Boer who finished third in a very close 55.17sec.

My heartiest congratulations to Zubin and Joshua. Well done, both of you!

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Awesome day for Singapore athletics as hurdlers keep breaking records

I’ve been away for a long time again because of personal commitments. But I just couldn’t resist the urge to post again after reading this report on the TODAY website (see below).

What an amazing day for the hurdles discipline in local athletics.  My heartiest congratulations to Jannah Wong and Joshua Chua of Raffles Institution and to Singapore Sports School athletes Nur Izlyn Zaini and Tia Louise Rozario for their stunning performances at Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

My congratulations to their coaches too. It must have been a major thrill for them to see their charges repeatedly setting new national age-group and championship records this morning and afternoon.

Of all the record-breaking feats, Joshua’s timings in the Boys C Div 100m hurdles were the most impressive.

First, he chopped 0.46sec off Linus Chong’s record of 13.81sec in the morning heat with his time of 13.35. Then he proceeded to clock an even faster 13.26sec in the afternoon’s final. Phew! Just the thought of it is enough to leave me breathless.

Jannah’s times are also impressive. She is turning 18, and broke Dipna Lim-Prasad’s national junior record which was set by the latter when she was also 18. So it indicates that she is the next hurdler to watch in the coming years. I wonder if she can make it to next year’s SEA Games in Singapore.

Actually, I just hope all these new records indicate that we are looking at potential national hurdlers who will go on to represent Singapore with distinction at future SEA Games.

Hopefully, all this has made the Singapore Athletic Association sit up and take notice, and start thinking of a sustainable developmental plan to keep these young talents on the track for as long as possible, so that they can realise their fullest potential.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan


Slew of hurdles records broken at National Schools C’ships (TODAY Online, April 8, 2014)

Jannah leads charge as several meet and national age-group marks are set in morning

and afternoon sessions

SINGAPORE – It rained hurdles records at the National Schools Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium the whole of today.

A range of national age-group and meet records all went a-tumbling as Jannah Wong, Tia Louise Rozario, Nur Izlyn Zaini and Joshua Chua burnt the tarmac with their sizzling displays.

 Raffles Institution student Jannah Wong showed that she could be the next hurdler to watch out for in the coming years after SEA Games bronze medallist Dipna-Lim Prasad when she set a national junior record in the Girls A Division 100m hurdles hears this morning.

The 17-year-old’s time of 14.69sec not only obliterated the championships record of 15.03, but also rewrote Lim-Prasad’s national U-19 and junior records of 14.72sec.

Wong was not the only Rafflesian to set new meet and national marks today.

Her younger schoolmate, Joshua Chua, set new Boys’ C Division and national U15 100m hurdles records today in the morning heats as well as in the afternoon final.

The Secondary Two student clocked 13.35 en route to qualifying for the final to smash the existing meet and national U15 mark of 13.81 set by Linus Chong in 2010.

Chua, 14, then did it again in the final when he won the gold in 13.26.

Singapore Sports School students Tia and Nur Izlyn also broke records in their respective events.

Tia set a new Girls C Div 80m hurdles record when she clocked 12.35 in her morning heat. The time was 0.09 faster than the existing record of 12.44 by Jannah in 2010. It was also 0.02 faster than Jannah’s national U15 record of 12.37.

To prove it was not a fluke, Tia then went under her new records in the afternoon’s final when she took the gold in 12.33.

This is the 14-year-old’s second championship record at the competition. She had set a new C Div long jump record of 5.23m on Monday.

Schoolmate Nur Izlyn was not to be outdone.

Like Tia, she erased Jannah’s B Div 100m hurdles record of 14.83 with her 14.77 effort in the morning’s heats. The time was also a new National U17 record as it was faster than the existing mark of 14.78 set by Goh Wei Ning in 2010.

Nur Izlyn struck again in the afternoon when she blitzed home in the final in 14.65.

Apart from all the hurdles records, the only non-hurdles championship record that has been set at this year’s competition has been in the Boys B Div discus.

Hwa Chong Institution’s Eric Yee hurled his way into the record books on Monday with his 48.79m effort, erasing the 48.70m record held by Scott Wong since 2006.


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Well done, Chan Sheng Yao!

How time flies.

It’s been a year since my last post because I’ve been busy with work and other personal commitments. Much has happened in the local sports scene which I’ve not been able to record. Pity.

This achievement by Chan Sheng Yao, however, stirred something in me and I just felt that I had to record it down for posterity. Here’s the report from TODAY:

Sheng Yao vaults to the top (TODAY Online, 6 April 2013)

By Charles Ong

SINGAPORE— Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) student Chan Sheng Yao created local sporting history in the most impressive manner yesterday as he pole-vaulted his way to the Boys “A” Division gold at the 54th National Inter-School Track & Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

The 17-year-old student cleared 4.82m to clinch the title and, in doing so, broke a string of national records in the discipline. Not only did Sheng Yao’s winning height erase Sean Lim’s national open record of 4.81m which was set in June 2011, it is also a new national U-23, national junior and youth mark.

That is not all — it is also a new “A” Division record, replacing the 4.80m-mark set by Sean at the 2011 edition of the schools championships.

Sheng Yao has also qualified for this December’s South-east Asian Games as a result.

Yet, all of this nearly did not happen for the teenager yesterday.

After failing to clear 4.31m on his first two attempts, he was under pressure and barely succeeded on his final try to keep his gold medal hopes alive.

At that point, the event was still a three-horse race, with Raffles Institution’s Nick Ho and HCI’s Darren Tan still in contention.

But Sheng Yao subsequently clinched the gold when he cleared 4.41m while both Nick and Darren failed to do so (Nick eventually took the silver on countback while Darren finished third)

Once the yoke was lifted from Sheng Yao’s shoulders, he started gunning for the national record.

After clearing 4.70m and qualifying for the SEA Games, he then produced his record-breaking feat.

But despite the huge smile on his face after the event, Sheng Yao, who is coached by David Yeo, nevertheless described yesterday’s competition as one of his “hardest nationals ever”. He admitted: “It was very tough to even secure the gold medal today.”

He credits Sean, his senior and friend, who is also coached by Yeo, for inspiring him to make such a massive leap from his previous personal best of 4.64m, set at last year’s “B” Division Boys’ final.

“Had Sean not broken the national record (of 4.66m set by Mok Hay Foo in 1993) two years ago, then I would have been aiming to just beat 4.66m today … But by doing so, he raised the bar for me, and showed that anything is possible.”

Yeo also played a part in ensuring the national record was broken yesterday. “When Sheng Yao was attempting the national record, I allowed the officials to announce it,” he said. “Even though it might have put pressure on him, I felt that it was perhaps what he needed to perform. My bet was that it would get him over, and it did.”

Sheng Yao now plans to focus on July’s IAAF World Youth Championships in the Ukraine before turning his attention to the SEA Games in Myanmar in December.

“My target is to qualify for the final at the World Youth meet and maybe finish among the top three — which usually has a minimum requirement of 5.1m,” he said.

Then he added with a smile: “That, in turn, means that I will need to break my own record again.”


Just like how Sean Lim did it in 2011, Sheng Yao broke a whole string of records, including, most importantly, the national open pole vault record, with his 4.82m effort at the ongoing National Schools Track & Field Championships.

The Hwa Chong Institution student has also qualified for the SEA Games. And all this at the tender age of 17. (actually, he also qualified for the last SEA Games in 2011 but it seems that he could not take part as he was underaged)

What a fantastic achievement. My heartiest congratulations to Sheng Yao, and to his coach, David Yeo. Here’s wishing him all the best at the IAAF World Youth Championships in July, and at the SEA Games in Myanmar.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan


Here’s a great picture montage of Sheng Yao’s achievement by Terry Tan Lee Ban. I found it on the Singapore Athletic Association’s Facebook page.

Chan Sheng Yao's record breaking feat as captured by  by Terry Tan Lee Ban

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