Athletics: Eugenia Tan breaks 22-year-old national women's long jump record

Eugenia Tan (second left), who only just switch over to long jump, at the 77th Singapore Open Track & Field Championships with the 4x100m Singaporean womens' team on April 4, 2015. -- PHOTO: ST FILE  
Eugenia Tan (second left), who only just switch over to long jump, at the 77th Singapore Open Track & Field Championships with the 4x100m Singaporean womens' team on April 4, 2015. -- PHOTO: ST FILE  

Eugenia Tan broke the long-standing Singapore women's long jump record by setting a new mark of 5.94m at the Singapore Athletics Track and Field Series 4 meet held at the Kallang Practice Track on Saturday.

Eugenia's effort shattered the 22-year mark of 5.88m set by former national hepthathlete Yu Long Yu in 1993.

Previously, Eugenia, 19, came close to the old mark by jumping 5.71m at the recent Series 3 of the same athletics meet.

Sounding surprised by her record-breaking effort as she is a sprinter, the Republic Polytechnic student said: "Having just switched to training in the long jump full-time a month ago, I was determined to train hard for it but I did not expect it to pay off so fast."

Eugenia's jumps coach, Katrina Hall-Engle, paid tribute to her trainee's application as the reason for her success, saying: "Eugenia has been a very dedicated trainer over the short time I've worked with her, combined with her natural talent for jumping, she fully deserves this record."

Eugenia will be taking part in the upcoming SEA Games held on June 5-16, where she will compete in both the long jump and the 4X100m relay events.