51.32m in Discus Ensures 10th Gold for James Wong

>> November 12, 2011

Singaporean great James Wong Tuck Yim won his 10th SEA Games Gold medal after winning his favorite event discus throw during the 1st day morning event (12.11.2011) in the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia. His fourth throw topped 51.32m, bettered Thais Kwanchan Namsumboo who opened his round with 50.32m, and ensured the Gold medal in the hands - 9th Gold for discus throw (1993, 95, 97, 99, 2001, 03, 05, 09, 11) + 1 Gold from hammer throw in 1997 = 10 Gold Medals !!

None of the next throws by himself and  his opponents were able to surpass the distance including Indonesian Hermanto who had the best throw from last attempt of 50.56m and settled for silver, puts down Namsumboon in bronze position.  It's surely a great upset for Hermanto who aimed for Gold after breaking the National record 52.95m during the last July national championships in Jakarta.

James Wong set his personal record in Wiesbaden back in 1999 in a distance of 59.87m,  over 4 metres better than any other Southeast Asian in history. At the time, he placed among TOP 100 in the World for discus throw.

SEA Games, Palembang: James Wong  51.32m (10th Gold)

Video courtesy of Sha

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