Story by Rachel Yip/Red Sports. Photos by Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports

SEA Games athletics pole vault

Chan Sheng Yao of Singapore in action. He cleared a height of 4.95m to finish fourth and set a new personal best. (Photo 1 © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)

Singapore National Stadium, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — Pole vaulter Chan Sheng Yao failed to win a medal but bettered his personal best of 4.91m, clearing 4.95m to finish fourth in the SEA Games men’s pole vault final.

Compatriot and national record holder, Sean Lim, only cleared a height of 4.75m to finish fifth out of six competitors.

Sean Lim cleared both the 4.6m and 4.75m heights with ease, but he had more difficulty in meeting his season best leap of 4.85m, taking down the bar on all his three attempts. Sean could not hide the disappointment on his face and applauded the crowd for their support.

In contrast, Chan Sheng Yao had some difficulties in clearing his initial 4.6m leap. But the 19-year-old picked himself up to clear 4.95m in his second attempt to set a new personal best. Buoyed by that achievement, Sheng Yao attempted to set a new national record but failed to clear 5.05m.

In the men’s triple jump final, national record holder Stefan Tseng failed to win a medal. He placed fifth in a field of eight competitors, but he set a new seasonal best of 15.52m. Compatriot 17-year-old Dylan Wong came in eighth with a jump of 13.94m.

Said Stefan of his performance, “I didn’t do that great. I definitely had better jumps in me. It’s just
not my day, I guess. I had too many fouls. If I had just gotten on the board, I would be in the medals

Men’s Pole Vault Final results
1st Porranot Purahong (Thailand) – 5.30
2nd Ernest John Obiena (Philippines) – 5.25
3rd Iskandar Alwi (Malaysia) – 5.05
4th Chan Sheng Yao (Singapore) – 4.95m (personal best)
5th Sean Lim (Singapore) – 4.75m

Men’s Triple Jump Final results
1st Muhammad Hakimi Ismail (Malaysia) – 16.76 (Games Record)
2nd Varunyoo Kongnil (Thailand) – 16.20
3rd Nguyen Van Hung (Vietnam) – 15.92
4th Mark Harry Diones (Philippines) – 15.87
5th Stefan Tseng (Singapore) – 15.52m (seasonal best)
6th Pratchaya Tepparak (Thailand) – 15.52
7th Nguyen Van Mua (Vietnam) – 15.22
8th Dylan Wong (Singapore) – 13.94m

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