SEA Games: Filipino Stuart sets new Games record in hammer throw for first athletics gold

Filipino Caleb John Christian Stuart being interviewed after winning the gold in the SEA Games hammer throw event on June 9, 2015. He also set a new Games record of 65.63m. -- ST PHOTO: CHUAN LIMIN 
Filipino Caleb John Christian Stuart being interviewed after winning the gold in the SEA Games hammer throw event on June 9, 2015. He also set a new Games record of 65.63m. -- ST PHOTO: CHUAN LIMIN 

SINGAPORE - Caleb John Christian Stuart from the Philippines clinched gold in the hammer throw event on Tuesday morning, en route to a new SEA Games record.

Stuart posted 65.63m, ahead of nearest competitor Thailand's Tantipong Phetchaiya - who held the previous Games record of 62.23m - with 62.12m.

Despite his feat, the Filipino has set his sights on more success. The 24-year-old said: "I want to put in the same amount of effort I did today and go for my personal best in the shot put event tomorrow.

"My goal is to reach world class level but I am not there yet."

Other events contested on Tuesday night include the blue ri-band 100m sprint for men and women.

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