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Wang Kan
  • December 21st, 2005

Wang Kan

He’s just 18, a SEA Games experience under his belt and a whole lot of years to progress as our nation top jumper. We spoke to Wang Kan to find out more about this young athlete

Name: Wang Kan

Height: 1.84m

Weight: 71kg

Date of Birth: 07/87

Coach: Ms Zhang Hao (my mother too)

Personal Best: Long Jump: 7.12m, Triple Jump: 14.55m ( both set in ASEAN schools )

  1. Jumping to near 7 meter plus in longjump and also being a 13 meter plus plus triplejumper is quite a big achievement for someone who is as young as you. When was your first breakthrough? When did you know that all that hard training was well worth it … How did you get started with Track/Field

    My first breakthrough was getting a gold medal in triple jump in 2002 under the coaching of Mr. Zachery Kang when I was in Raffles Institution. Well, when you are reaping the rewards, you definitely know all the hard trainings were worth it. As I was quite tall and sporty, so my parents told me to give it a try.

  2. What made you choose jumps over events such as sprints or other. In your opinion, what’s special about the events you’re taking

    Jump events focus more on technique and thinking. Trying to improve my techniques and thinking on how to improve these techniques really intrigue me.

  3. How are you currently and hows your form. What are you at the moment doing. Any plans for other meets or competitions.

    At the moment, I am preparing for Asian Athletics Championship in Korea. Plans for other competitions, probably try to get a PB at SEA Games at the end of this year.

  4. Any advise to stay injury free to budding athletes

    Athletes should know their limit, take one step at a time and do not over train. Also, athletes should have good communications with their coach to avoid injury.

  5. Tell us of how you juggle with studies and training. What more do you think could be done to student-athlete like yourself

    Towards competitions, I put trainings as priority. Towards exams, studies are my priority of-course.

  6. During training, what specific training that you have difficulty doing or adapting. What kind of training do you do anyway. Care to share abit on it

    Speed trainings. Sprinting is really tiring that’s why I am always having difficulties with it. I train around 4 times a week. Training program each week is based on the condition of my body. Lots of basic conditionings as my basics aren’t that good.

  7. You’re not bad a sprinter yourself as you helped RJC to break the National Junior record of 41.64sec. Ever thought of changing to sprints perhaps?

    Not at the moment. I still enjoy jumping and will continue to do so.

  8. Tell us of your coaches and pool of training mates or friends. How has they help you

    Currently training under my mother, Miss Zhang Hao. She has helped me to improve my long jump from 6.46m to 7.12m and my triple jump by 1m plus from 13.51m to 14.55m in just 6 months of training. I really thank her a lot!!!

    Trained under Mr. Seem, Mr. Kang, Mr. Zender and Mr. Pedro before, they also helped me in a lot of aspects. Thank them too!

  9. What are your long-terms goals. Any dreams or desire, track/field wise?

    No long term goal yet.

    Short team goal is to go to Commonwealth games next year.

  10. Singapore athletics is currently undergoing ‘stagnancy’. What more do you think can be done to inject new ‘life’ in the local Track/Field scene

    Personally I don’t think Singapore athletics is stagnant. Sports School are producing talents such as Stefan who is only 15 yet jumping great distances, just that time is needed to see the results. Also, thanks for your interview.

Thank you Wan Kan for your participation

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