Brian See-s another double

Brian See-s another double
DOMINANT: Brian See of Raffles Institution on his way to winning the shot put event with a distance of 16.51m, beating his nearest challenger by 0.66m.

SINGAPORE - He's consistently dominated the shot put and discus events since his days in the C Division.

And Raffles Institution's (RI) Brian See ended his schools' athletic adventure on a high when he completed another double in the National Schools Track and Field Championships by winning the boys A Division shot put - his 10th successive gold medal - with a distance of 16.51m at Choa Chu Kang Stadium yesterday.

He beat his closest challenger Caleb Hoe of Hwa Chong Institution by 0.66m.

On Monday, Brian won the boys A Division discus event.

With his latest effort, the 1.87m-tall thrower improved on his personal best in the shot put by 1.24m.

Speaking to The New Paper after his win yesterday, the confident 18-year-old said: "I felt good and I was pretty sure that I'd get the win today.

"It's hard to balance training and competing with a hectic school schedule, but I still get lots of encouragement from my teachers, friends and parents and that's what has helped me along the way."

Brian won the A Division discus event last year with a throw of 48.40m and he also improved his personal best on Monday when he set a mark of 50.29m, beating his nearest competitor by a whopping 8.63m.

Since his appearance in the schools' championship in 2009 as a Secondary 1 student representing Catholic High School, Brian has been the pre-eminent athlete in boys' shot put and discus.

He dreams of breaking the national records for the two disciplines - shot put, 17.44m set by Dong Enxin, discus, 59.87 by James Wong, but said: "There is still a lot that I need to improve on like my technique and I'd like to get more muscle mass.

"For me, nothing compares to the feeling of seeing my throws fly and land at a distance."

The rest of the events yesterday - javelin, high jump and long jump - were all won by athletes from different schools.

Chong Wei Kit of Singapore Sports School won the boys C Division high jump with a height of 1.66m and Shaun Moh of Dunman High School won the A Division long jump event with a distance of 6.84m.

In the girls' A Division javelin event, Genis Phoa Jie of Hwa Chong Institution won with a distance of 36.42m.

SPECIAL MOMENT

The final day of the 2014 championships will be on Wednesday at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium and it will be a special moment for Brian.

It will be the final time he celebrates with his teammates as he prepares for his A Levels at the end of the year and then National Service in 2015.

But he will not stop training .

"I know that if I want it enough I can work something out with my coach when I book out on the weekends," he said.

"It's because of the constant support from him and my parents that I am able to do so well.

"I owe my success to them."

redzwank@sph.com.sg

This article was published on April 10 in The New Paper.

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