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School sports: NYGH set new B Div girls' shot put record

NYGH student Jasmin Phua setting a new mark in the B Division Girls' shot put with a record throw of 12.73m. The 16-year-old broke an 11-year-old record in the process.
NYGH student Jasmin Phua setting a new mark in the B Division Girls' shot put with a record throw of 12.73m. The 16-year-old broke an 11-year-old record in the process.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

She had already won her pet event, the discus throw, last Friday. But Jasmin Phua still had more competitions lined up this week, and with that, more gold.

The Nanyang Girls' High School (NYGH) student set a new schools national record in the B Division girls' shot put competition yesterday, her 12.73m effort eclipsing Jocelyn Yeo's 11-year-old record of 12.66m.

The 16-year-old took the lead with a 12.22m throw on her second attempt at Hwa Chong Institution's (HCI) field, but Cedar Girls' Secondary School's Joleen Ho overtook her on her fourth attempt, smashing the schools national record as well, as she threw 12.71m.

Yet, that simply lit a fire inside Jasmin, as she told The Straits Times after her win: "After I saw her break the record, I got really fired up."

Sure enough, on her fourth attempt, the C Division discus record holder managed to trump her rival with a huge effort and set a new schools national mark.

NYGH coach Lim Chow Hoon said Jasmin's competitive spirit is what sets her apart from other throwers. He added:"When you put kids together and let them play in a friendly manner, you will still see this one kid who is particularly determined to be better than everyone else. She's that girl.

"At 1.65m tall, She is not the biggest or tallest thrower, but she always gives her best in training. She will keep asking to do one more set after completing the usual routine."

The C Division girls shot put event saw Cedar's Eugenia Long win with 9.83m, while Victoria Junior College's Desiree Tan 11.11m throw was the A Division's best.

In the discus, HCI's Bowen Xin (41.06m) and Catholic High's Sebastian Ong (42.53m) came in first in the C and B Divisions respectively. HCI's Eric Yee took home the A Division discus gold with 51.87m.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2017, with the headline 'NYGH set new B Div girls' shot put record'. Print Edition | Subscribe