Gold for Dinah, blues for James

Gold for Dinah, blues for James

Singapore's athletes made South-east Asian Games history yesterday, but not all of it was for the best reasons.

Veteran thrower James Wong, 44, missed out on a medal in the men's discus - the first time he has not won a gold in his pet event since he first took part in 1993.

Wong finished fifth despite posting a season-best of 50.82m. Malaysia's Muhammad Irfan took the gold with a 53.16m effort.

The Singaporean had come out of retirement for the second time in his bid to land a 10th discus gold. In a Facebook post yesterday, he wrote: "I tried all I could... Thanks again to all for your support."

There was better news for Singapore's women, with Zhang Guirong, 35, 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 for gold.

Her team-mate, Du Xianhui, 32, took the silver with a distance of 14.92m.

In cycling, Dinah Chan rode her way to Singapore's first gold in the sport in 16 years.

The feat was even more remarkable, considering that Chan, 27, had been badly hurt in a collision with a car while training in September. She completed her comeback by winning the women's 30km time-trial event, clocking 46min 30.125sec to take the title 33 seconds ahead of Thailand's Chanpeng Nontasin.

There was good news in silat too, when Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma'en clinched the gold in the men's Class F (70-75kg) category yesterday. He defeated Vietnam's world champion, Pham Van Ty, in the final.

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