Rachel Yang wins pole vault silver - Singapore's first ever in the event

Rachel Yang won Singapore's first ever women's pole vault medal at the SEA Games on Thursday afternoon, clearing 3.90m to take silver at the National Stadium. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Rachel Yang won Singapore's first ever women's pole vault medal at the SEA Games on Thursday afternoon, clearing 3.90m to take silver at the National Stadium. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Rachel Yang won Singapore's first ever women's pole vault medal at the SEA Games on Thursday afternoon, clearing 3.90m to take silver at the National Stadium.

The 33-year-old's result is also a new national record, eclipsing her own mark of 3.83m set in March.

She finished behind Thailand's defending champion Chayanisa Chomchuendee, who put on a dominant showing to clear 4.10m for the gold.

The Games record holder (4.21m) also attempted a new personal best and Games mark of 4.22m, but failed.

Riezel Buenaventura of the Philippines, a bronze medallist at the 2013 Games, was third with a height of 3.65m.

Carmel Teo, Singapore's other representative, equalled her personal best of 3.45m to finish fourth out of the four participating athletes.

maychen@sph.com.sg

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