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Dylan Wong ends National Schools medal quest on a golden high

There’s a really good – albeit short – story in TODAY about Singapore Sports School student Dylan Wong (see below).

The 16-year-old not only won the Boys B Division triple jump with his leapt of 14.27m at the National Schools Track and Field Championships yesterday (Monday), but also set a new championship record with the distance. It was 7 centimetres longer than the 14.20m set by Benjamin Ong in 2012.

But what was more heartwarming about Dylan’s gold was the fact that he couldn’t even make the Sports School team last year because he was “not good enough”.

I am also given to understand that the gold – and the silver he garnered in the long jump last week – are the first medals that Dylan has ever won at the Schools Championships. What a wonderful way to end one’s find participation at the National Schools Championships.

Will Dylan ever make good on his stated ambition to one day break the national long and triple jump records set by Matthew Goh (7.62m) and Stefan Tseng (16.04m) in 2009? I don’t know – but then again, he is being trained by Valeri Obidko, the former coach of Matthew and Stefan, so if there is one person who can help a jumper to realise his full potential, it would be the former Russian-turned-Singapore citizen, whose proteges are all in the national record books.

Congratulations, Dylan, and all the best in your jumping endeavors.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Dylan makes the jump from zero to hero in one year

(TODAY Online, April 15, 2014)

SINGAPORE — What a difference a year makes.

Twelve months ago, Singapore Sports School (SSP) student Dylan Wong was not even selected by his coaches to compete at the National Schools Track and Field Championships because he was, in his own words, “not good enough” for the level of competition.

Yesterday, the Secondary 4 student not only won the Boys “B” Division title in the triple jump at the annual meet, he also set a new championship record while doing so. Dylan leapt 14.27m at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium to erase the existing mark of 14.20m set by Benjamin Ong — also from SSP — in 2012.

It was also his second medal of the Championships — he had won a silver in the long jump last week with his 6.60m effort.

The 16-year-old, who is 1.75m tall, credits his growth spurt for his success at this year’s meet.

“You can say puberty hit me late, or I am a late bloomer, but my increase in height has helped me a lot in my sport,” said Dylan, who has grown by more than 10cm in less than six months.

In fact, Dylan has now set his sights on eventually breaking the national long jump and triple jump records set by Matthew Goh (7.62m) and Stefan Tseng (16.04m).

“During triple jump trainings in the past month especially, I have been consistently doing 14.50m jumps … I feel that it is easier now that I am taller, and also because I have been working on my landing which is my weak point,” said the teenager, whose uncle is former national high jumper Wong Yew Tong who still holds the national record for the event.

There were also new records set in the Boys “C” Div Discus (1kg) and the Girls’ “B” Div 200m yesterday. Raffles Institution’s Jonathan Low, 14, set both a meet and national Under-15 record when he hurled 53.66m to eclipse the 51.54m recorded by Jordan Chia last year.

His nearest competitor, Alfred Leong from Hwa Chong Institution, finished more than eight metres behind with his 45.62m effort. SSP’s Kugapriya Chandran, 16, clocked 25.51sec in the 200m sprint to break the record of 25.64s set by Eugenia Tan in 2012. ADELENE WONG

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National Schools Track and Field C’ships: A new Stefan Tseng in the making?

It looks like Russian coach Valeri Obidko has done it again.

After producing the likes of national-record breaking jumpers like Stefan Tseng and Matthew Goh – who should both be in the mix for a SEA Games medal at next year’s Games now that their national service commitments are over – it looks like the national jumps coach has another jumping gem on his hands.

The boy’s name is Benjamin Ong, and this afternoon, the 16-year-old Singapore Sports School student served notice of his potential as the future successor to Stefan by breaking the 21-year-old B Boys triple jump record at the National Schools Track and Field Championships.

Benjamin’s best effort of 14.42m obliterated the 14.19m record set in 1991 by Huang Jiaping of Chinese High (now known as Hwa Chong Institution), and was 0.80m further than nearest rival and schoolmate Muhd Afiq Hasan (13.62m).

While it is clear that Benjamin has the talent and potential to go far, to call him the next Stefan Tseng could be a little off the mark – for now.

It must be remembered that Stefan was already clearing 15m at age 16. In fact, he broke the national triple jump record of 15.24m back in July 2006, when he was 16. He did it at the Asean Schools Championships in Chiangmai when he cleared 15.52m.

I’m waiting to see if Benjamin can clear the 15m mark by this year, and whether he can go near the 15m distances that Stefan was setting back then. I hope he can, and it will definitely be exciting to watch.

Today’s action at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium produced another stunning result: Eugenia Tan, the teammate and arch-rival of rising sprint star Shanti Pereira, threw down the gauntlet at her good friend in the best way possible – by finishing ahead of Shanti in the B Girls 100m semi-final, and breaking her B Girls record which she only set last year.

Eugenia clocked 12.39sec to break the record of 12.43sec, and finish 0.31sec ahead of Shanti who finished second in 12.68sec.

It remains to be seen whether Shanti was playing possum today, holding back a fair bit in her tank for next week’s final. Whatever the case, it means that we are set for a thrilling showdown in the B Girls 100m next week.

Eugenia’s feat also means that Shanti saw two of her national schools records being wiped out in the space of one week. Last week, it was the Sports School’s Nur Izlyn Zaini who erased her 2010 C Girls 100m record of 12.74sec by clocking 12.73sec in the heats.

Finally, heartiest congratulations too to Cedar Girls’ Low Seow Ting for equalling the C Girls high jump record. She cleared 1.55m, which is the same height as the prevailing record set by See Toh Mun Yee in 1994.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

 

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Shanti, Eugenia, Zachary and Zhi Xuan shine brightest on last day of National Schools C’ships

Shanti Pereira, Eugenia Tan and Zachary Devaraj produced stunning record-breaking performances today to provide a fitting end to an exciting National Schools Track and Field Championships.

Singapore Sports School sprinters Shanti and Eugenia, who are coached by Pedro Acuna,  had a day to remember as they both cracked the Girls C Division 100m record and played a role in helping their school to set a new 4x100m relay mark.

However, it will be Shanti’s name in the record books as the new holder of the 100m mark.

The 14-year-old blazed the track at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium to clock 12.75sec in the 100m final, slicing 0.08sec off the prevailing record of 12.83sec. Schoolmate Eugenia also went under the record as she clocked 12.81sec to finish second.

Both Shanti and Eugenia were also part of the 4x100m relay team that set a new record of 49.67sec to smash the 50.53sec record. Incidentally, that record was also set by the Sports School back in 2004.

The duo then grabbed their second relay gold medal when they starred in the 4x400m relay. Although they did their best, the quartet’s time of 4min 13.31sec was just off the record of 4:12.84, also set by the Sports School in 2004.

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) distance runner Zachary Devaraj broke an 11-year-old B Boys record as he stormed home in 4:12.61sec, more than a second faster than the 4:14.13 that Kannan Poobalan set in 1999 in Victoria School’s colours.

The 16-year-old collected his second distance record at the Championships today after slaying the 14-year-old 800m record  of 1:58.38 last Thursday with his effort of 1:57.34.

The ACS (I) 4x100m quartet was also in magnificent record-breaking form today. They clocked 42.58sec to break the 11-year-old mark of 43.14sec which was also set by the school in 1999.

The most significant new record, in my humble opinion, was set by Cedar Girls’ Chan Zhi Xuan. She hurled her discus to a distance of 37.94m in the B Girls final to crack Wan Lay Chi’s meet and Schools National record of 37.25m.

Stunning stuff.

As Lay Chi has gone on to represent Singapore at the SEA Games, it means that Zhi Xuan definitely has the talent and potential to do the same eventually if she decides to continue in the discipline. I do hope she will.

Can you imagine what a wonderful sight it would be to see two local-born female throwers in action for us at the SEA Games?

As it is, it was a proud moment for me as a long-time observer of Singapore athletics to see fresh young talents Matthew Goh and Stefan Tseng jumping at last year’s SEA Games. 

Back to the National Schools Championships. It seems that a totalof 18 championship records and six schools national records were set at this year’s meet (I say ‘it seems’ because I counted 18 while the website says 16. I wonder what’s causing the discrepancy.)

My  heartiest congratulations to all the record-breakers. May this spur you on to greater heights. Hopefully, we will get to see some of you representing Singapore at the SEA Games one day.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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