NAYPYITAW: Thailand’s Jirapong Meenapra won the men’s blue riband event – 100m – gold medal but it was the women’s race that had pulses racing at the Wunna Theikdi Main Stadium here on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old Jirapong powered his way to the men’s gold medal by clocking 10.48.
Indonesia’s I. Iswandi clocked 10.51 for the silver while Singapore’s Muhammad Amirudin Jamil took the bronze in 10.55.
Malaysia’s SEA Games debutant Eddie Edward could only finish seventh in 10.75. The 22-year-old Sarawakian’s effort was way off his personal best of 10.61, which he did in the Malaysian Open in October.
Then came the drama in the women’s 100m final, with two false starts due to the starter’s gun jamming.
And when the race finally got off, it was Vietnam’s Thi Houng Vu who emerged triumphant.
Houng Vu, who finished with a bronze in Palembang two years ago, clocked a personal best of 11.59 to win the gold medal.
Thai sprinters Neeranuch Klomdee and Tassaporn Wannakit clocked 11.85 and 11.91 respectively to take the silver and bronze.
Malaysia’s Zaidatul Husna Zulkifli came in a slow 12.13 to finish fifth.
National 100m champion S. Komalam Shally was an even bigger letdown – she failed to qualify for the final.
The 25-year-old Komalam, who achieved a personal best of 11.86 at the Asian Track and Field (ATF) in Pune, India, in July, clocked a poor time of 12.31 in the heats.
Wassana Winatho was the toast of Thailand – winning her second gold medal in as many days.
The 33-year-old Wassana, who won gold in the heptathlon on Monday, proved that age is no barrier as she romped to victory in the women’s 400m hurdles in 58.85.