National School Games: Teens break records in high jump and triple jump

SINGAPORE – Two records, one which had stood for 16 years, had been smashed on the National School Games (NSG) monitor and area competitors at Bukit Gombak Stadium on Monday (April 11).

Raffles Institution’s (RI) Rei Tan clinched the C Division boys’ high jump with a 1.85m effort, 3cm increased than the 2006 mark set by HCI’s Wayne Yap, whereas in the A Division males’s triple jump, Hwa Chong Institution’s (HCI) Isaac Ong leapt 14.71m to erase the  14.58m document set by Singapore Sports School’s Andrew Medina in 2019.

Rei, who was making his NSG debut, stated: “It feels good to have my name enter the record books.I had a certain level of expectation for me to meet that standard but it all comes down to the moments before the jump.”

Despite his feat, the 14-year-old felt that he had “potential to do even better but was getting tired towards the end” after he tried to clear 1.87m in his final attempt.

Rei’s coach, Fuad Idris, was not very stunned by his 1.86m cost’s feat as he had been clearing such heights in coaching.

“We are thankful to see what he has been achieving and for him to have this mental resilience throughout competitions. Jumping 1.85m was something he was really proud to have. He’s a talent that we have unearthed in school and from there we polished him and we realised that he can go above and beyond and he’s even beating seniors.”

Fuad hopes that “through all these experiences, Rei will believe that he has a talent and can inspire more people in the school that things like this can happen.”

Despite acknowledging that Rei is a fast learner and has progressed quick in coaching, Fuad stays cautious and doesn’t need him to burn out.

“We need to make sure he develops fully so we are taking things slowly,” he stated.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Isaac’s new division document in the triple jump comes in his final yr of competitors.

Isaac, who has had eight years’ expertise in the self-discipline, had been eyeing this document collectively together with his coach for the previous one-and-a-half years.

“I had been putting in more effort in the long jump than the triple jump event. Going into the triple jump competition, I felt very fatigued and some of the drills that I usually do became a bit tough to do,” he stated.

In the top, all it took was for Isaac to get again in the sandpit to seek out his groove once more.

“During the warm up, I felt quite uncertain and I didn’t expect to do well. But after the first jump, I knew I had it in me to go far.”

However, reaching the following milestone in his leaping profession should wait as each Isaac and his coach, John Seem, are centered on his A-level examinations earlier than his subsequent return to the sandpit.

In the day’s different finals, Raffles Girls’ School’s Bhavna Gopikrishna took gold in the B Division women’ triple jump together with her effort of 11.22m whereas HCI’s Evan Lye clinched gold with a distance of 47.83m in the B Division boys’ javelin.

Due to inclement climate in the morning, the A Division males’s discus throw last was postponed to Wednesday (April 13).

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