SINGAPORE: The Republic’s Eugenia Tan Yan Ning and Nurul Jannah Mohamed Zulkifli walked away empty-handed in the women’s long jump event at the SEA Games on Wednesday (Jun 10). Both were visibly disappointed in their performance.
Tan propelled herself to an initial score of 6.18 metres, beating her personal best of 5.71 metres. Despite raising the crowd’s expectations, she failed to register a successful jump in the second round.
She eventually redeemed herself with a score of 5.53 metres, but it was not enough to put her in the top three. She finished in fifth place.
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia after the event, Tan said even though she is disappointed that she did not manage to clinch a medal for Singapore, she is contented with a new personal best and national record of 6.18 metres.
“I initially wanted to just jump 6 metres, so 6.18 metres is really great.”
She added that she competed with a leg injury which she sustained three weeks ago during training. However, she said that did not pose as a great challenge for her.
It was also tough competition for Nurul Jannah, as she found herself immediately pitting against Vietnam’s Bui Thi Thu Thao’s brow-raising initial score of 6.60 metres. Her first attempt was voided, drawing disappointed gasps from the crowd. Her best score was 5.43 metres. Nurul Jannah finished in last place.
The star of the women’s long jump finals was Indonesia’s Maria Londa with a defining first place score, and personal best, of 6.70 metres. Upon realising in the last jump that she registered the top score, Londa’s face broke into a megawatt smile.
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