School Sports: Cedar Girls' Lin Yu Huai breaks C division javelin record

LIN Yu Huai of Cedar Girls' Secondary School set a new Girls' C Division javelin record at the schools national track and field championships on Thursday.

She lit up the Bukit Gombak Stadium with her 27.30m effort, breaking the previous mark of 27.17m set by Nanyang Girls' High School's Dorcas Ang last year.

Yu Huai will also be competing in next week's discus event, where she is expected to clinch another medal for Cedar.

The Singapore Sports School (SSP) also had a reason to celebrate, with a clean sweep in the B boys' triple jump. Newly crowned winner Cepheaus Chee, who overtook defending champion Dylan Wong with his very last jump of 13.65m, was pleased with the unexpected result.

Cepheaus said: "I think I was quite lucky, I wasn't expecting to win. This is actually quite an improvement from my performance last year."

While the school had high expectations for the three boys, it was still an uphill battle for the trio, who were battling injury.

Dylan, who has been selected as part of Singapore's SEA Games squad, almost did not turn up for the event. His father David said: "I didn't want him to come today as he might aggravate his injury (an abdomen strain that affected Dylan's hip movement)."

In spite of his father's objections, Dylan insisted on competing and managed to finish second on 13.35m. Team-mate Adlan Syaddad, who was third on 13.23m, was also suffering from an ankle injury that affected his performance.

In the pole vault, Raffles Institution's Josh Lee, who had been sidelined by a back injury since last year, returned with a bang. He finished second - losing only on countback to Hwa Chong Institution's Yeo Teng Wei. Both achieved a height of 3.65m. But it was Teng Wei who bagged the gold as he had cleared the preceding height of 3.55m at the first attempt.

However, Josh was not disappointed about the result. He said: "I feel that the best person won as he probably trained a lot harder than I did. I jumped a lot better than my personal best and I'm already satisfied with that."

The B Girls' discus final was also a tense affair, where Kek Jing Wen of Nanyang Girls' High and Melissa Yee of Gan Eng Seng School traded the lead, before Jing Wen clinched the gold medal with a throw 34.59m. Melissa settled for the silver on 34.33m.

berelow@sph.com.sg