Malaysian runners (from left): Amran Raj Krishnan, Mohd Zafril Zuslaini, S. Thipan and Muhamad Zaiful Zainal Abidin celebrate after winning the gold in the men's 4x400m in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday.
THE men's 4x400m team provided some cheer to the athletics camp on the second day when they added a gold medal to the two bronze that were won earlier in the day.
The quartet, comprising Mohd Zafril Zuslaini, Muhamad Zaiful Zainal Abidin, S. Thipan and Amran Raj, clocked 3:07.05s, which is their best time so far.
Zafril, the first runner, opened up a three-metre lead which was maintained by the three other runners for victory.
In second place was the Thai quartet who clocked 3:08.25s while the Philippines took the bronze in 3:08.53s.
Thipan said he was overjoyed as this was his first Sea Games and it has ended on a happy note.
The two bronze medals came from the men’s 800m and women’s long jump.
Mohd Jironi Ridzuan clocked 1:53.30s in a field of nine runners for the bronze while the gold went to Dinh Cuong Nguyen of Vietnam who stopped the clock at 1:51.16s. The silver was won by Filipino Midel Dique in 1:52.72s.
Ngew Sin Mei, who is the defending champion in the triple jump, provided a consolation bronze medal in the long jump when she cleared 6.08m in her second attempt.
The event was won by the Philippines’ Marestella Torres who leaped 6.31m while Thitima Muangjan took the silver after clearing 6.25m.
Elsewhere, there was disappointment as the women’s 4x400m relay team finished bottom of the pile among four teams.
Yuan Yu Fang, who was in two minds whether to run in the 5,000m, finally decided to do so, but only lasted six laps.
She will be in action in the 20km walk today, which is she is expected to win, and the 10,000m.
NST 9 Dec 2007