SEA Games athletics: Singapore high jumper Michelle Sng bags bronze in Games debut | Singapore Informer

SINGAPORE: High jumper Michelle Sng clinched her first SEA Games medal for Singapore in the women’s high jump finals on Friday (Jun 12) – despite narrowly missing her personal and national best score.

Sng made a comeback in track and field this year after going on a three-year hiatus due to an injury. To be able to step on the podium in her first SEA Games is “really sweet”, she said. An emotional Sng told Channel NewsAsia that no words could describe how she felt when she realised she won her first medal. 

“I’m just trying to hold it in and not fall to pieces. It’s a long journey for me, crawling back into track and field, and then coming to the SEA Games,” she said.

Sng managed to clear the height of 1.81 metres on her third attempt, much to the relief of the home crowd and herself. However, 1.83 metres proved to be a challenge as she failed to register a successful jump, relegating her to bronze. 

A case of nerves might have hampered her from achieving her personal best of 1.84 metres, which is also the national best for Singapore.

“My main issue is being overly excited – my coach is always asking me to relax and stay calm,” Sng said. “The last couple of jumps took me three jumps to clear it, so it’s something I need to go back and work on.”

The 28-year-old also had to tackle three other compatriots – Vietnam’s Duong Thi Viet Anh and Pham Thi Diem, plus Thailand’s Wanida Boonwan – who have all been to the Olympics.

“They are all 190 centimeters jumpers. I’m not as good in terms of my personal best compared to the three of them,” Sng admitted. “I knew it would be a really tough fight making to the…

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