Team Singapore's Calvin Kang (R), Gary Yeo (2nd L), Lee Cheng Wei (2nd R), Muhammad Elpi Mustapa (L) wait for the results after the Men's 4x100m Relay Heat 2 (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)
Team Singapore stormed into the final of the Men’s 4x100m Relay at the Asian Games on Monday evening, clocking a Season Best timing of 39.80 seconds to finish second in their heat.
The team of Elfi Mustapa, Lee Cheng Wei, Gary Yeo and Calvin Kang showed no signs of being hampered by the damp and relatively cold conditions at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium as they finished a full half second ahead of third-placed Oman.
“It was a good run by the team,” said Mustapa, “It was one of our targets as a team to make the final and to do that with a Season Best is wonderful for us, but we will try to do better in the finals, maybe we can squeeze in the top three,” he added.
While Singapore’s time was the sixth fastest in the two heats, Lee sees plenty of opportunity to improve their time in Thursday’s final.
“We have met our primary goal of getting to the final but there is plenty of room for improvement. It wasn’t perfect, I feel we could have done better - our passing wasn’t that great and we still have lots to work on,” he said.
Team Singapore's Muhammad Elpi Mustapa in action during the Men's 4x100m Relay Heat 2 (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)
“Compared to Singapore, it is much colder here. It does affect the muscles but we were in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games earlier this season and it was much colder, so this time around we were better prepared for the weather and the rain especially,” added Lee.
The track at the Incheon stadium has met with the approval of a number of athletes and was the scene of a new Asian record on Sunday as Qatari sprinter Femi Seun Ogunode clocked 9.93 seconds in the 100m event on Sunday.
Lee said it was a pleasure to run on the surface.
“I have to say the track is great. This Mondo track is a fast one and some very fast times have been done in the past few days, including the new record by the Qatari,” he said.
“Hopefully we can produce a very fast one ourselves come the finals,” he added.