School sports: Sports School wins pole vault Girls' Open, B Division Boys' triple jump

Arfan Azhar from Singapore Sports School won the Schools National B Division Boys' triple jump final with a personal best of 13.46m.
Arfan Azhar from Singapore Sports School won the Schools National B Division Boys' triple jump final with a personal best of 13.46m. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

SINGAPORE- The Singapore Sports School's (SSP) Arfan Azhar won the Schools National B Division Boys' triple jump final at Bishan Stadium on Monday, with a jump of 13.46m.

His performance was also a new personal best, improving on his previous best distance of 13.04m by more than 40 centimetres.

"I was aiming for a distance of 13.5m as a stepping stone for next year as I am trying to break the schools record of 14.27m set by my senior Dylan Wong in 2014," said Arfan, 15.

"I'm still satisfied with my performance because my coach and I trained hard to get to this distance."

Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) completed the podium, with Ernest Ong and Brandon Lim, both 16, coming in second and third respectively. Ernest's bid for the gold was undone by a no-jump on his final attempt.

In the pole vault Girls' Open, SSP's Cherlin Sia took the gold medal, jumping a new personal best of 3m. She was the only athlete to clear the 3m barrier.

Cherlin, 15, was also aiming to break the schools record of 3.32m, set by Carmel Teo of Henderson Secondary School in 2012.

Cherlin, who cleared the 3m bar on her third attempt, said, "I had to lock everything out and just focus. I really gave it my all.

"It's not about the height of the bar, it's about the mentality. It doesn't matter if it's 2.8m or 3m, it's just about you competing against youself."

In the Boys' A Division triple jump final, Joseph Johnathan Zhao of HCI won his second gold of the championships with a 14.40m jump. He had previously won the long jump event with a jump of 6.97m.