Singapore to send its biggest track and field contingent of 74 athletes

Singapore will send its biggest-ever track and field contingent of 74 athletes to the SEA Games on home soil in June.

The squad of 41 male and 33 female athletes will compete in 44 of the 46 available events during the June 5-16 Games, with Singapore only absent in the men and women's hammer throw events.

At the last Games in Myanmar in 2013, the Republic's 25-men team returned home with two golds, three silvers and three bronze medals.

It is a haul that Singapore Athletics president Tang Weng Fei is confident of equalling, and even surpassing, at the National Stadium.

He said: "I am confident that our athletes have prepared well and come June, we will all be one as Team Singapore to compete, encourage and do our nation proud."

Among the main gold medal prospects will be 2013 shot put champion Zhang Guirong, who will be gunning for her fifth straight gold in the event. The 37-year-old also finished with a silver in the discus event in the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw.

Other potential hopes include the men's 4x100m relay team, comprising Elfi Mustapa, Lee Cheng Wei, Amirudin Jamal and Calvin Kang. The quartet lost out to Thailand two years ago for the gold medal by just 0.04 seconds and will be hoping to make amends.

Singapore's sizeable contingent will also feature a number of debutants, including thrower Hannah Lee (shot put, discus), Ng Jia Yi (women's 400m hurdles), marathoner Soh Rui Yong and steeplechaser Colin Tung.

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