Triple jump blow for triple A

Fruitless outing: Andre Anura Anuar failed to register a legal jump in his first three attempts in the final. — AP

ANDRE Anura Anuar came to Birmingham with high hopes of shattering the national triple jump record but will return home in sombre mood.

Andre failed to register a legal jump in his first three attempts in the final at the Alexander Stadium yesterday.

Peniel Richard of Papua New Guinea was the other jumper out of 14 competitors who failed to register a mark.

Andre had qualified for the Games with his gold medal-winning effort of 16.51m during the Hanoi SEA Games and was harbouring hopes of breaking Mohd Hakimi Ismail’s 16.77m record.

The Sabahan was the last of the Malaysian competitors to see action in athletics.

India were the surprise package in the event as Eldhose Paul (7.03m) and Abdulla Abubacker Narangolitevid (7.02m) secured gold and silver respectively while Bermuda’s Jah-Nhai Perinchief secured bronze (16.92m).

Meanwhile, Grace Wong also ended her campaign in disappointment in the hammer throw final on Saturday.

Grace, whose is the national record holder with a distance of 62.48m, could only manage 61.30m to finish 10th out of 12 athletes.

Canada’s Camryn Rogers took gold with 74.08m while Australia’s Julia Ratcliffe (69.63m) won silver with another Canadian, Jillian Weir, (67.35m) settling for bronze.

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