Singapore national hurdler Zaki Sapari had dreamed of racing on home soil and winning Singapore’s first-ever gold medal in the men’s 400m hurdles event.
But he was instead mourned as the countdown to next year’s SEA Games began on Saturday, a day after he died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 22.
The full-time national serviceman had been riding along Mandai Road on Friday evening when he collided with a lorry. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The national junior record-holder in the men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 53.51sec, Zaki had seemed destined to one day rewrite Seah Soo Lye’s senior mark of 52.30 set almost 31 years ago.