In a hidden corner of the Wunna Theikdi Stadium, Lee Cheng Wei pulled his tracksuit over his face and cried.
The 26-year-old felt that it was his fault the men's 4x100m relay team finished in 39.79sec, just 0.04sec behind winners Thailand. It was the third South-east Asia (SEA) Games in a row that Singapore had to settle for silver in the race.
Lee (far right) was also part of the relay team who finished second to Thailand in 2009, and then to Indonesia two years ago.
He said: "I feel I could have done better, especially when we lost by just 0.04sec. I was really aiming for gold."
In Monday afternoon's race, Elfi Mustafa's (second from right) smashing start for Singapore was maintained by second runner Calvin Kang (third from right).
Lee then took over and did well to keep pace with Thailand's Jeerapong Meenapra, but his baton exchange with Amiruddin Jamal did not go through smoothly.
Amiruddin (right) had to slow down a little before he could receive the baton and tear down the final stretch of the track.
While he managed to gain some ground, it was not enough as the Thais clocked 39.75 to win the gold.
"I'm proud of the boys for running their guts out. They did their best," said relay coach Melvin Tan, who had targeted a gold for the team.
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