As Kampton Kam looked at the bar, which was set at 2.15 metres, he raised both his hands in the air and began clapping — urging his Victoria Junior College (VJC) supporters, seated behind him, to clap along. With the crowd clapping with him, Kampton then steadied himself. As he began his run-up, the rhythm of the clapping sped up alongside him almost as if to give an extra lift to the 18-year-old high jumper, who had already failed his first attempt at the record-breaking height. Kampton smoothly took off, with his eyes fixed firmly on the bar, he arched his body over the bar and as his legs cleanly floated above the bar, you can see his gritted teeth breaks into a smile of disbelief.
Singapore Open Track and Field: Chen Xiang rewrites 110m hurdles national record twice as Tia breaks national mark in triple jump
Going into the final of the Men’s 110 metres hurdles event, Ang Chen Xiang was looking to rewrite the national record for the second time at the 81st Singapore Open after clocking 14.27 seconds in the heats, which bettered his previous mark of 14.36s. But as he warmed up for the race, he did not even know if his body could make it to the finish line. “I went to the first hurdle (during warm-up), my calves started cramping so I was like I knew my body was starting to complain,” said Chen Xiang.
Wong Rui Yue of Victoria Junior College (VJC) came into the shot put competition aiming for a personal best (PB), but she definitely did not expect to achieve it with only her third throw of the competition. In the other field events that day, Raffles Institution’s (RI) Ryan Ng came out on top in the A Division discus throw event with a final distance of 44.68 metres. The second-year student, however, admitted that he did not do as well as he had hoped.
A Div High Jump: Hwa Chong’s Tham Mei Shuen triumphs in familiar turn of events against Dunman High’s Lim En Ning
Tham Mei Shuen of HCI clinched gold in the A Division girls' high jump event with a final height of 1.54m. All the top three jumpers had the same final height of 1.54m and the officials had to do a countback to decide the winners.
National B Div High Jump: Raffles clinches 1-2 finish through Mingwen Lee Sullivan and Benjamin Seah
Raffles Institution got off to a strong start in the B Division boys’ championship with a 1-2 finish in the high jump event through Mingwen Lee Sullivan and Benjamin Seah, who recorded 1.85m and 1.78m respectively.
After posting a strong 44.61m at the Asian University Games last November, Brian See of National University of Singapore dominated the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic men’s discus throw event to win gold with 43.95m.
Chan Zhe Ying of National University of Singapore clinched the gold medal in the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic men’s triple jump event with a distance of 14.40 metres, beating his school teammate Joseph Zhao by 0.29 metres.
Nanyang Polytechnic defended their Polytechnic–Institute of Technical Education Games track and field overall title with an emphatic 361 points with Singapore Polytechnic coming in second with a distant 288 points.