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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:

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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.”

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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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Shanti is a class above the rest but kudos too to Jannah, Timothee and the Hwa Chong 4x400m girls relay team

The report:

This report appeared in today’s edition of The Straits Times:

SHANTI IS STAR OF SHOW AGAIN

(The Straits Times, 28 April 2011)

 By May Chen

SHANTI Pereira was in a league of her own at the Schools National Track and Field Championships which ended yesterday.

The Singapore Sports School (SSP) student won and set new championship records in all her three events – B Girls’ 100m, 4x100m and 4x400m – at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

Her 12.43sec, in particular, eclipses Nurulaini Ariffin’s 16-year-old 100m mark (12.54) by more than a tenth of a second and her personal best of 12.55.

She also came within a whisker of the 200m mark – Nurulaini’s 25.65 set in 1995 – with a 25.68 to repeat last year’s four-gold feat.

The 15-year-old said: “I set out to break the 26sec mark for the 200m and run a personal best for the 100m. I managed to do both, so it feels really good.”

Irwin Seet, SSP’s director of sports, said: “She’s clearly one of the brightest talents Singapore has seen in a while. We hope she will take her talents onto the international stage soon.”

Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) completed a clean sweep of the boys’ titles, including a commanding 53-point lead over Raffles Institution (RI) for the A Division title that has eluded them since 2007.

Said A Div captain Lim Kang Le: “The team start out every year aiming to win the title, but it also depends on how strong we are. We had a really strong team this year on both track and field.”

HCI alone accounted for half of the six new A Div records, including Sean Lim’s national pole vault mark set last Monday.

A total of 13 meet records across all divisions tumbled this year.

Some, like the HCI Girls’ A 4x400m quartet, were surprised by how well they did. They clocked 4min 02.47sec to shave more than six seconds off the 4:08.95 that Catholic Junior College set in 2006.

Said coach Pedro Acuna: “All four of them ran their personal bests, and I even had two running below 60 seconds. That has never happened.”

RI had a similarly successful 4x400m quartet. The Boys’ A team, which included 17-year-old Ng Chin Hui, ran 3:19.64 to rewrite the 3:22.66 set by the then-Raffles Junior College in 2005.

The time also betters the 3:19.99 a Singapore foursome set at the Singapore Athletic Association Track and Field Series 3 earlier this month. That team, with Chin Hui in it, met the qualifying mark – the 2009 SEA Games bronze-medal time of 3:26.46 – for the Nov 11-25 South-east Asia Games in Indonesia.

Overall, Raffles Institution successfully defended their Girls’ A title, while the Sports School and Cedar Girls’ Secondary took the Girls’ B and C titles respectively.

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My thoughts:

I have to say I am a little confused. The above report says that 13 records tumbled at this year’s National Schools Track and Field Championships. But when I go to this link to count the records, I get 14 instead.

Perhaps some kind soul out there can shed some light on this.

Back to the action on the track. While Shanti was undoubtedly the star of this year’s championships with her scintillating performances, I feel that special mention should be reserved for Timothee Yap of Hwa Chong Institute and Jannah Wong of Katong Convent.

Both students should be lauded for achieving the rare feat of breaking the record in their respective events twice.

Jannah broke the B Girls 100m hurdles mark twice – she clocked 14.92sec in the heats, and then proceeded to better it in the final with her time of 14.85sec.

Likewise, Timothee set a new A Boys 400m hurdles record in the heats with his time of 55.19sec and then he broke that in the final with his superb effort of 54.80sec.

My heartiest congratulations to both of them.

I also like the mention above of the HCI A Girls 4x400m relay team who clocked a new record of 4min 02.47sec.

According to their coach, Pedro Acuna, all four runners clocked personal bests during the relay and two of them even ran personal bests.

Brilliant stuff – hats off to all the four runners. I wish the newspaper report had provided their names though.

Any kind soul out there who can assist in providing their names to me?

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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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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