Filipino-American thrower Caleb Stuart blew away the competition in the men’s hammer throw, setting a new
Southeast Asian Games record on his way to a gold medal performance Tuesday morning in Singapore.
Stuart threw for 65.63 meters, demolishing the old record set by Thailand’s Tantipong Phetchaiya (62.23 m).
Phetchaiya finished in second place after throwing 62.12 m, while Malaysia’s Jackie Wong threw for 61.18 m.
Another Filipino bet, veteran Arniel Ferrera, threw for 60.08 m and wound up in fourth place.
Stuart’s throw was half-a-meter short of his personal best but was enough to smash the old record by more than three meters.
Stuart will look to add shot put gold on Wednesday.
“I want to put in the same amount of effort I did today and go for my personal best in the shot put event tomorrow,”
Stuart told The Straits Times. “My goal is to reach world class level, but I am not there yet.”
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