SEA Games: James Wong misses out on medal, Zhang Guirong retains shot put gold

James Wong in the discus event. He failed to win a medal. First day of athletics competition at the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
James Wong in the discus event. He failed to win a medal. First day of athletics competition at the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Zhang Guirong (left) won gold while Du Xianhui won silver in the shot put competition of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Zhang Guirong (left) won gold while Du Xianhui won silver in the shot put competition of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Singapore veteran thrower James Wong missed out on a medal at the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, despite posting a season-best of 50.82m in the men's discus on Sunday. He finished fifth.

Malaysia's Muhammad Irfan took the gold with a 53.16m effort. Thailand's Narong Benjaroon claimed the silver with 52.45m while Indonesia's Hermanto Hermanto was third with 51.96m. All three distances are better than the 51.32m effort Wong claimed the gold with at the 2011 SEA Games.

The 44-year-old Singaporean had come out of retirement for the second time in his bid to land a 10th discus gold medal at the biennial event.

In a Facebook post shortly after the event, he said: "I tried all I can... Thanks again to all for your support."

There was better news for Singapore's women, with Zhang Guirong retaining her title in the women's shot put. Her distance of 14.99m, while a far cry from the 16.96m at the 2011 Games, was still good enough for gold. She holds the national record of 18.57m set in 2005.

Her team-mate Du Xianhui took silver with a distance of 14.92m. Thai Sawitri Thongchao was third with 14.82m. Singapore's former thrower Wan Lay Chi had taken the silver two years ago with a 14.59m effort.