Andre Anura Anuar broke the Malaysian record in men’s long jump on Saturday but it was not good enough for a gold medal at the 2019 SEA Games.
The Sabah-born athlete recorded a massive jump of 8.02 metres to break the 12-year national record and clinch silver at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium.
The old national record of 7.88m was set by Josbert Tinus at the Thailand Open in 2007.
"I did not expect to break eight metres because I was just giving my best. I am grateful for breaking the national mark,” he told reporters.
His effort was also better than his personal best of 7.90m recorded at the Berwang Open Athletics Championship in Kota Kinabalu in November, which was not counted as a national record because it was aided by a tailwind of more than 2.0 metres per second.
The gold medal went to Indonesia’s Sapwaturrahman, who cleared 8.03m to crack the SEA Games record set by the Philippines’ Henry Dagmil in the 2007 edition, while Thailand’s Suttisak Singkhon took home bronze with 7.89m.
Malaysian hammer throw record holder Jackie Wong Siew Cheer gave Malaysia their second silver at the stadium when he hurled the iron ball 63.83m, while team-mate Sadat Marzuki Ajisan finished fourth with a throw of 57.35m.
Thailand’s Kittipong Boonmawan was victorious with a throw of 67.56m, which also broke the SEA Games record of 65.90m set by Wong in 2017.
In men’s pole vault, national record holder Iskandar Alwi could only manage 5m to win a bronze medal.
Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines cleared 5.45m to win gold and break the SEA Games record of 5.35m which was set by Thailand’s Porranot Purahong, who had to settle for silver this year, in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.
Australian-born Russell Alexander Nasir Taib presented Malaysia with a bronze when he clocked 21.11s in the men’s 200m.
Thailand had a one-two finish when Chayut Khongprasit and Siripol Punpa clocked 20.71s and 20.78s respectively.