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Wayne Yap sets new junior high jump record
  • May 6th, 2009

Last April a Team Singapore contingent competing in Negeri Sembilan had a successful outing in recent spells when they came back home with three national record and five new national junior marks.

The Negeri Sembilan Open saw our Team Singapore of Rachel Yang setting new mark in the pole vault with a new height of 3.75m, Dipna Lim Prasad 100m junior hurdles record with a new time of 15.40s, the 4×400m women’s relay team blazing to a new junior mark of 3:56.70, Mariam Shazana and Stefan Tseng’s new triple jump national records which are both junior records too; leaping to a new mark of 11.70m and 16.04m respectively.

And lastly another of the junior record set in Paroi was by 17 year old Wayne Yap Kuan Yi, a high jumper.

When asked of the Negeri Sembilan Open, Wayne commented, “The negeri sembilan outing was fun and everyone was well prepared, 3 nationals records was broken and yeah it was quite satisfying and enriching in a sense that I get to have steeper competition and getting more exposure with this kind of high level competition.”

Unofficially the JC1 Raffles Junior College student leapt to a new mark of 2.08m, surpassing the old record of 2.07m set by M. Azahar Sapuan back in 1987. The new mark currently has not been ratified and recognised by SAA as of yet.

The old record had stood for 22 years and the 1.89m Wayne when asked of his jump, “I didn’t really gave the jumps much thought actually. However the funny thing is I actually was nervous when it suddenly dawn on me that I was attempting the record breaking height. I didn’t know that 2.08m was a record height, as I just followed Miss Chan’s (Wayne’s coach) orders of raising to 2.08m after the winning height of 2.05m.”

Miss Chan or Chan See Huey is Wayne’s coach since he was Primary 5. The same coach who is coaching our national batch of high jumpers such as Ronnie Cai and Michelle Sng.

The former Hwa Chong Institution student, Wayne was evidently thankful of his coach and training partners for his success, “All this will not be possible without my coach of course! I really need to thank Michelle and Ronnie for their support and most importantly Miss Chan for her patience, guidance and advices it was really very very helpful and confidence boosting.”

Video via Wayne Yap with permission

Wayne’s junior record jump in Paroi Stadium prove too close for comfort as Wayne shared that during the arch when jumping over the bar, he nearly brushed the bar itself.

He shared in more details, “At the start of the jump, I literally spoke to myself, saying stuff like ‘come on u can do this, this is nothing’ to myself but when I took the first step, my mind became so focused on the bar that I didn’t see anything else besides the bar. When i arched over in mid air, I felt my hamstrings brushing the bar and I thought I failed the jump but after the jump I looked up and the bar didn’t drop! It was shaking but yeah I cleared! It took like two seconds to realise that I broke the national junior record!”

Wayne’s progress has been encouraging so far this year, 2.05m in the recent 4th All Comers, 2.01m in the 2nd All Comers. With the recent 2.08m successful attempt, Wayne’s next goal is 2.10m.

He remarked, “My next competition hopefully is SEA juniors in Vietnam which I really hope to do a 2.10m”

But ultimately Wayne’s goal this year is to qualify for SEA Games which will be held in Laos. The qualifying mark for men’s high jump is set at 2.15m. That’s a big leap for Wayne, but we’ve all the faith in our athletes.

Wayne lastly added, “I really hope to qualify for the upcoming SEA games even though the qualifying height is 2.15m.”


Posted by Uncle Sha.
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