PETALING JAYA: Jamery Siga tried his best to honour his late wife’s memory but it was not meant to be for the veteran swimmer.
Jamery fell short of making a strong impression in his third Paralympics appearance as he failed to qualify for the men’s 50m butterfly S5 category yesterday.
The 36-year-old clocked 40.32 to finish 13th overall in the heats with only the top eight advancing to the final last night.
China’s Yuan Weiyi clocked 32.30 to smash the Paralympics record of 34.15 set by Daniel de Faria Dias in London in 2012.
Jamery’s wife Annissa Saksriprapa Nantharat Sunan passed away three years ago after a car accident in his hometown in Limbang, Sarawak.
The 2018 Asean Para Games bronze medallist took a break from the sport to take care of his young son and to reflect on his life.
“That incident happened just after the Asian Para Games in Indonesia. I lost my wife and I lost focus in my life,” said Jamery.
“But then Malaysia got an extra Paralympics slot to swim in this event.
“I remembered my wife had hoped that I would continue swimming and represent the country at another Paralympics.
“I know she would have been proud to watch me swim here if she was still with us.
“I tried my best today (yesterday) but it was just not my time,” said Jamery, who also competed at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.
Jamery revealed that he sprinted too late which affected his chances of posting a better time.
“I was a bit slow in coming out of the water after jumping off. I’m disappointed not to have come away with a personal best,” added Jamery, who clocked 39.22 at the 2019 world para championships in London.
Brenda Anellia Larry, 16, also did not qualify for the women’s 50m butterfly S5 final.
The Sabahan clocked 1:00.62 to finish 13th and improved on her personal best of 1:09.72 set at the Para Swimming World Cup in Singapore in 2019.
China’s Lu Dong came out tops in the heats with 40.74.