SEA Games

Every shiny medal has a tale of its own

Singapore sprint legend C. Kunalan looking at his 100m silver medal (above) from the 1966 Bangkok Asian Games in the Singapore Sports Museum.
Singapore sprint legend C. Kunalan looking at his 100m silver medal (above) from the 1966 Bangkok Asian Games in the Singapore Sports Museum.ST PHOTO: KELLY HUI

The athlete dreams of the medal, sweats for it, chases it, wins it. And then, after all that, sometimes he does something truly great.

In 1974, a year after his comeback, C. Kunalan was training for the Asian Games when he strained his hamstring. "Oh no," he thought, for it is a sprinter's nightmare. But the sports council medical centre worked tirelessly on his injury and he recovered in time and won a 4x100m relay bronze.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 01, 2019, with the headline 'Every shiny medal has a tale of its own'. Print Edition | Subscribe