19-year-old Lui Yuan Chow is the current national junior (U20) and national youth (U18) 1500 meter record holder, and now he can add the men senior national record too to his running credentials.
The Australian based Singapore athlete competed in the Vic Milers competition held yesterday and ran 3:51.51 minutes to finished 6th in a field of 13 athletes.
That effort surpassed the previous men senior 1500 meter record of 3:51.59 minutes by Chamkaur Dhaliwal Singh which was established on 4-Feb-2002 at NSW State Championships, Sydney, Australia.
Lui was plagued the whole of last year with a foot fracture and knee issues and has now come back faster and stronger.
The sublime effort also meets the SEA Games 2019 bronze medal benchmark of 3:53.68, making him the fifth Singapore athlete to do so to surpass the qualifying mark.
When asked of his run, Lui commented, “I’m really thankful to those who believed in me during times where even I found tough to believe in myself. I was focusing on a personal best, and breaking Chamkaur’s record has come as an epic bonus”
He is currently coached by his father, Jim Lui. The record is pending ratification by SAA. Vic Milers is a competition held by Victoria Athletics
Inset is a video of the record-breaking race, Lui’s bib number is #2066. His splits are as below:
300m – 47.8sec
700m – 1:50min (62.2sec lap)
1100m – 2:52min (62sec lap)
1500m – 3:51min (59.5sec lap)
Video courtesy of Vic MilersClub
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Note: Achieving or surpassing the qualifying mark does not imply automatic selection for the SEA Games.