Name: Fang Jianyong
Date of Birth: 28 August 1989 (26yrs)
Personal Best(s): 1:55.63 (Men 800m, 2014 Asian Indoor) 4:02.07 (Men 1500m, 2015 S’pore Open)
Career Highlight(s): 800m Gold at the 2008 Singapore Open T&F Meet, IVP 2014 800/1500 Gold, Clocked the Singapore Best for 800m indoors at the 2014 Asian Championship, 2hrs 38mins Marathon at Goldcoast 2014, Participated at the 2014 ASEAN Uni Games and 2015 IAAF World Cross Country. Set new personal bests in every distances from 400m up to marathon in 2014.
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
I’m targeting for 2 medals over the 800m and 1500m events.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
Now I’m in my competition phase, both intensity and weekly mileage is relatively high. I will be using the upcoming Taiwan and Macau Track and Field Open to get my body race ready for the big race.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
I have gotten injuries ranging from muscle strains to shin/knee pains and recently I found pain in my peroneal nerves but fortunately I got it treated by Physio Alice Sng, a good friend of mine. Other than injuries, I’ve been having insomnia, some nights not getting any sleep due to late night studies and this have quite seriously affected my trainings. I have since identified the cause and slowly getting my sleep back on track.
Lastly, I’m having my preparation for the final year examination from April to mid-May. It’s definitely one of the biggest challenges as I’m still training twice per day 12-13 times per day. Thus to allocate enough and adequate time to rest and study isn’t an easy task at all.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
I started off as a sprinter in primary school, doing 200m and 400m which most primary school kids does.
Then I moved on to cross country running as my secondary school (Jurong Secondary School) focuses on distance running. During the Track season, my coach then Mr Yeo Kian Chai decided to let me try out 400m to 1500m distances at the National schools meet and later found out that I had natural legs for the 800m.
And personally I love the thrill of the sprints and tactical racing of the endurance running, and 800m racing has the best of the both world.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
Current: Self Coached
Sec sch: Mr Yeo Kian Chai
Poly: Mr S.Pandian
Advisers: Mr C.Kunalan, Mr Robin Tan, Mr Veeramani
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
I don’t usually eat fried/ heaty food and tries to avoid cold drinks.
Do take supplement if your training load is more than your daily food consumption, if not the natural stuffs are good enough and always preferred to pills and powders
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
As a kid I do spend quite a big bulk of my time on gaming. Stopped gaming after secondary school but I still love to play a game or two of fifa/NBA with my brother/cousins and friends.
I travelled a lot for races in the past year with the team and running pals. But there’s once I travelled alone to Japan for track racing, and fell in love with some elements of solo traveling. Lots of self-discovering and new experiences through that few days. Might do more solo overseas trips in the future!
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
Time management and prioritising
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
12-13 run session per week. Base season: 10 easy to moderate runs and 3 intervals
Competition phase: 6 easy and 6 hard runs.
I do spend 30-45mins after some of the runs on conditioning exercises. And 2 sessions of gym workouts per week.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
Olympic is the ultimate goal for most athletes and but another goal of mine is to keep running and racing no matter how slow I got.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
Champions don’t always win, they just don’t give up. Keep trying and you’ll get there someday.
Image courtesy of SportsSG and Danny Toh