Team Singapore’s Muhammad Elfi Mustapa (front L) in action during Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final (Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
Team Singapore’s men’s sprinters recorded a Season Best timing in their 4x100m Men’s Relay Finals at the Incheon Asiad Stadium on Thursday night, finishing sixth out of eight teams with a time of 39.47 seconds, just 0.02 seconds shy of the National Record.
China won the Gold in 37.99 seconds to rewrite the Games as well as Asian record, while Japan and Hong Kong finished second and third respectively.
The quartet of Gary Yeo, Calvin Kang, Muhammad Elfi Mustafa and Lee Cheng Wei initially finished seventh out of eight teams until the host nation’s team were disqualified after the race.
Team Singapore’s Calvin Kang Li Loong (R) and Lee Cheng Wei react after Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final (Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
Despite the result, Yeo was encouraged by his team’s performance, saying: “I think the Season Best timing shows that we really gave everything we have. Throughout the whole year, the team has had to deal with injuries so this is a pretty decent result. The team can only go faster from here onwards and I hope everyone can support us in our push for the SEA Games.”
When asked if it was difficult to juggle training and their studies or work schedules, Yeo said: “As a matter of fact, I’ve had to submit two essays when I was here! Those are the things we have to deal with but I’m not complaining. I think I’m really fortunate to be able to come here to race.”
Later in evening, the quartet of Dipna Lim Prasad, Goh Chui Ling, Tyra Summer Ree and Veronica Shanti Pereira finished eighth out of eight teams in the Women’s 4x400m Relay Finals, clocking a time of 3:49.97.
Team Singapore’s Dipna Lim Prasad in action during Women's 4 x 400m Relay Final (Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
“The cold weather was a bit of a challenge. It was really hard to keep warm, so that was difficult. This was not our usual line up as well because Tyra was pulled in - Piriya is down with a bad case of tonsillitis,” said Dipna.
When asked about her maiden Asian Games race, Ree smiled and said: “It was a good experience. It’s been a long time since the women’s 4x400m team got into the finals so it was fun.”
The ladies are already looking ahead to the SEA Games next year, and Dipna is already clear what the team wants to achieve.
She said: “We’re going to train hard, run well, and break that national record.”