Singapore men's 4x100m relay team fall short again, clinch fourth consecutive silver

Michelle Sng cleared a height of 1.81 in the women's high jump and settled for another bronze. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Michelle Sng cleared a height of 1.81 in the women's high jump and settled for another bronze. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Hannah Lee with the bronze medal she won in the women's discus throw. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Hannah Lee with the bronze medal she won in the women's discus throw. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Shanti Pereira handing the baton to teammate Smriti Menon in the women's 4x100m relay on June 12, 2015. The team lost out on a bronze by 0.007 seconds. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's Shanti Pereira handing the baton to teammate Smriti Menon in the women's 4x100m relay on June 12, 2015. The team lost out on a bronze by 0.007 seconds. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's 4x100m relay quartet of (from left) Amirudin Jamal, Lee Cheng Wei, Gary Yeo and Calvin Kang with their silver medals after the race on June 12, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore's 4x100m relay quartet of (from left) Amirudin Jamal, Lee Cheng Wei, Gary Yeo and Calvin Kang with their silver medals after the race on June 12, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Despite their best ever showing at the SEA Games, the Republic's men's 4x100m relay team yet again fell agonisingly short of an elusive gold medal.

Calvin Kang, Gary Yeo, Lee Cheng Wei and Amirudin Jamal sprinted to a new national record of 39.24 seconds - smashing the 39.45sec mark they set at the 2013 Asian Grand Prix - but still emerged second-best to Thailand.

The Thais clocked an impressive 38.99secs to take the gold, just 0.04sec short of the Games record. Indonesia settled for bronze with a time of 39.32sec.

It was the team's fourth consecutive silver medal in the event - an unfortunate statistic not lost on the quartet, who could not hide their disappointment after the race.

"Nobody likes to keep getting silver, everytime we raced we tried to get a gold. As athletes, we must always look forward. I have no regrets, just that we didn't get it," said a tearful Yeo.

"Today we hit a new national record, so it showed we tried our best. But our opponents were too good."

The Republic's female 4x100m relay sprinters just missed out on a medal after finishing 0.007seconds off third-placed Malaysia (45.41) in a photo finish. Thailand won the gold (44.27) while Vietnam took silver (44.77).

But the quartet of Dipna Lim-Prasad, Smriti Menon, Wendy Enn and newly-minted 200m champion Shanti Pereira still put in an impressive display, shaving more than a second off the previous national record of 46.44sec. 

Said Lim-Prasad, a silver medallist in the women's 400m hurdles: "Our main goal was to break the national record, that in itself is more than we could ask for."

In the women's discus throw, Hannah Lee scored her maiden Games medal by finishing third with her 45.72m effort. She came in behind Thailand's Subenrat Insaeng (59.56m) and Yap Jeng Tzan of Malaysia (46.95m). 

Michelle Sng added another bronze in the women's high jump. She cleared a height of 1.81m, falling short of Thailand's Wanida Boonwan (1.85m) in first and Vietnam's Pham Thi Diem (1.83m). 

Sng, who recenty returned to the sport after a three-year absence battling injury, revealed she was hoping to erase her own national mark of 1.84m, set in March at the Philippines Open. "It would have been great to manage 1.85m," she added.  

liminc@sph.com.sg

 Get more updates, photos and videos