Top thrower Wan Lay Chi quits

Top thrower Wan Lay Chi quits
Du Xianhui came out of retirement for the SEA Games. Wan Lay Chi’s (left) career high was winning the shot put silver behind team-mate Zhang Guirong at the 2011 SEA Games. While her distance was unimpressive, she had hoped the medal would help her push for more support from the SAA. She was also miffed by Du Xianhui’s return after six years away.

SINGAPORE - SHE is arguably the best local-born female thrower Singapore has ever produced, but Wan Lay Chi is calling it quits prematurely.

The 25-year-old holder of the national junior, Under-23 and other age-group shot put and discus records is vexed with a perceived lack of support from the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA).

Wan claims that there were no plans to help develop her further after the 2011 SEA Games, despite winning a silver medal in the shot put event. She was the first local-born female thrower in 32 years to win a medal at the biennial event.

Her training arrangement with veteran thrower James Wong, who had coached her through the Games then, also came to an end.

"I've always felt that I didn't have enough achievements to ask for support," she told The Straits Times yesterday.

"I thought that with the SEA Games medal I could push for some support, but it didn't seem that way."

Wan, who now works as an assistant sports manager at the British Club, added that she also felt let down when the SAA wooed former thrower Du Xianhui to return to action earlier in the year.

The China-born 32-year-old has been in retirement since leaving Singapore acrimoniously in 2007, but will be competing at the SEA Games in Myanmar later this month.

Her averages of about 15 metres, although a far cry from her 2003 SEA Games-winning mark of 18.20m, still puts her ahead of Wan's 14.59m effort from two years ago.

National record holder Zhang Guirong, also a China-born thrower, bagged the gold in 2011 for Singapore with 16.96m.

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