Story by Nicole Lum/Red Sports. Photos by Lee Jian Wei/Red Sports
National Stadium, Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — After a gruelling schedule of 10 events in two days, Singapore’s Lance Tan emerged eighth in the Men’s Decathlon at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. He set a new Personal Best (PB) of 4,922 points, 161 points ahead of his old one set in March.
Lance had competed in the 100m (11.55 seconds – 7th), long jump (5.86m – 8th), shot put (9.01m – 8th), high jump (1.68m – 8th) and 400m (51.92s – 6th) on the first day. This gave the 2011 SEA Games 4x400m bronze medallist 2,980 points after five events, and put him at the bottom of the rankings at the end of Day 1.
Day 2 saw all eight decathletes participate in the 110m hurdles (19.10s – 8th), discus throw (28.81m – 7th), pole vault (3.20m – 8th), javelin throw (26.31m – 8th) and 1500m (5:25.23 – 5th) back-to-back. Lance eventually placed eighth in his field overall.
Upon completing the 1500m, his final event, Lance proceeded to the stands to propose to his girlfriend. A prompt ‘yes’ ended the 28-year-old’s SEA Games campaign on a sweet note.
Taking the gold in this event was Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Hue with 7,232 points. Silver went to Jesson Ramil Cid of the Philippines while teammate Janry Ubas rounded off the podium. Both athletes completed the decathlon with 7,065 and 6,796 points respectively.
The Games record for the Men’s Decathlon stands at 7,558 points. It was set by Vietnam’s Huyen Vu Van in 2009.
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